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Table 3 Postoperative fatal complications within 14 days

From: Intramedullary nailing has sufficient durability for metastatic femoral fractures

Case No. Age, sex Primary cancer Fx pattern Fx site Time to death (days) Treatment
1 78, M Melanoma Impending Proximal shaft 7 Palliative therapy
Multiple metastases: lung, liver, adrenal, and bones
Mirels’ score 10, severe femoral pain
Cause of death: respiratory complication
2 69, M Prostate Pathological Subtrochanteric 3 Multiple metastases: lung and bones
Pathological fracture managed with IMN insertion
Cause of death: heart dysfunction and respiratory complication
3 48, F Lung Impending Proximal shaft 12 Palliative therapy
Multiple metastases: brain and bones
Mirels score 10, severe femoral pain
Cause of death: respiratory complications
  1. M male, F female, Fx fracture, IMN intramedullary nailing