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Femoral Neck Fracture

    Femoral Neck Fracture

    Many of the statements regarding inter-trochanteric hip fractures also apply to fractures of the femoral neck.  The difference is simply with the location of the fracture and the way they are fixed, but they have all the same social and physical implications.  These fractures occur on the neck adjacent to the ball or the femoral head.  These fractures are treated with different implants than inter-trochanteric hip fractures, because often with these fractures the blood supply to the femoral head is compromised.  This can lead to failure of the fracture to heal and even avascular necrosis of the femoral head (AVN).  This last complication describes a situation in which the bone of the femoral head dies as the result of the disruption of its blood supply.  This condition eventually leads to severe arthritis.