NC72.65/S72.4 Fracture of lower end of femur extending into joint, frontal



Fracture of the lower end of the femur extending into the joint, frontal view is a traumatic injury which occurs when a high force is applied to the femur which causes it to break and extend into the hip joint. This is usually caused by a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a sporting injury.


Diagnosis is usually confirmed with an x-ray which will show the fracture and any displacement of the bone.

Differential diagnosis

Other conditions which can cause similar symptoms include a dislocation of the hip, a stress fracture of the femur and an osteoarthritis of the hip joint.


Treatment for this fracture includes immobilisation of the affected limb, sometimes with an internal fixator, and physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion. Surgery may be required to reduce the fracture and to stabilise the joint.


The prognosis is good if the patient is able to receive prompt treatment and follow-up care. With proper treatment, the patient should be able to resume normal activities within 3-6 months.

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