Long leg splinting for pediatric femur fractures

Bennet A. Butler*, Cort D. Lawton, Robert Christian, Ryan E. Harold, Prasad Gourineni, John F Sarwark

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Background: Pediatric femur fractures are frequently encountered injuries frequently treated with spica casting. Spica casting may, however, be expensive and burdensome to patients. A possible alternative is a long leg splint. Methods: Patients aged 6 months to 5 years old who were treated for a femoral shaft fracture with a long leg splint extending above the waist were matched with a patient treated with a spica cast. Results: At the time of healing, the alignment in the spica cast group was only significantly better than the alignment of the splint group with respect to coronal angulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-973
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • Femur fracture
  • Level of evidence: III
  • Pediatric femur fracture
  • Spica cast
  • Spica casting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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