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Femoral Neck Fracture 

Femoral Neck Fracture
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Femoral Neck Fracture
Author(s):

David Seiden

and Siobhan A. Corbett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199846085.003.0053
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date: 26 February 2020

A 72-year-old widow who lives with her oldest son is found on the floor of her bedroom, unable to rise. She tells her son that she slipped on a rug and fell to the floor. She complains of severe pain in her right hip and is unable to stand. Because no physician is immediately available, an ambulance is called, and she is taken to the hospital on a stretcher. On arrival, she is given intravenous morphine to reduce her pain and is made more comfortable by immobilization of her limb with pillows and sandbags and by gentle longitudinal traction. She has no significant past medical or surgical history and takes no medications.

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