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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-102

Simultaneous bilateral femoral neck fracture following tetanus in a healthy adult

1 College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, Nigeria
2 University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri Borno State, Nigeria

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Theophilus M Dabkana
College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Borno
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DOI: 10.4103/2384-5589.198315

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A 45-year-old trader presented to us with 4 weeks history of difficulty in opening his mouth, inability to walk and tonic–clonic seizures with bilateral femoral neck fractures. Three weeks before the onset of problems, the patient had been knocked down by a tricycle and had sustained an open wound over the right medial malleolus; the wound was sutured at a general hospital and the patient discharged home. One week later, the wound started discharging a foul-smelling pus and was dressed at a primary health centre; however, by the second week, the patient started having difficulty in opening his mouth. By the third week, he was bed ridden, developed tonic–clonic seizures and felt a crunching sound associated with severe pain in both hips. He was taken to a traditional bone setter who gave him some herbs, but his symptoms got worse. He was then brought to the Accident and Emergency Department of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria where a diagnosis of tetanus was made. Further evaluation revealed Gardener-type IV bilateral femoral neck fractures. He was managed for the tetanus, underwent bilateral bipolar hemiarthroplasty and was discharged home. He spent 10 weeks in the hospital.

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