Wedge, fragmentary, distal 1/3

In fragmentary wedge fractures there is some contact between the proximal and distal fragments after reduction.
Fragmentary wedge fractures often result from moderate injury to the femur. The mechanism is a bending force, usually three points.

Proximal 1/3 (AO/OTA 32B3(a)) 

(AO/OTA 32B3(a))

(AO/OTA 32B3(a))

(AO/OTA 32B3(a))

(AO/OTA 32B3(a))    X-ray taken from Orozco R et al, (1998) Atlas of Internal Fixation. Used with kind permission.

Fragmentary wedge fractures in the proximal third of the femoral shaft are classified as 32B3(a) fractures.

Middle 1/3 (AO/OTA 32B3(b)) 

(AO/OTA 32B3(b))

(AO/OTA 32B3(b))

(AO/OTA 32B3(b))

(AO/OTA 32B3(b))

Fragmentary wedge fractures in the middle third of the femoral shaft are classified as 32B3(b) fractures.

Distal 1/3 (AO/OTA 32B3(c)) 

(AO/OTA 32B3(c))

(AO/OTA 32B3(c))

(AO/OTA 32B3(c))

(AO/OTA 32B3(c))

Fragmentary wedge fractures in the distal third of the femoral shaft are classified as 32B3(c) fractures.

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