Supracondylar Femur Fractures Clinical Presentation

Updated: Jun 29, 2020
  • Author: Steven I Rabin, MD, FAAOS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Patients present with pain, deformity, weakness, and inability to use the leg. Elderly patients usually have a history of a fall. Younger patients usually have sustained high-energy trauma.


Physical Examination

Especially for the younger patient, in whom significant soft-tissue injury may also be present, careful assessment of the whole limb is required. Observation for compartment syndrome, vascular injury, and open wounds is warranted. Any fractures in other areas must be identified.