Nigerian Journal of Orthopaedics and Trauma

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Bilateral Floating Hip and Floating Knee: a Rare Complex Injury

AD Sane, C Dieme, PHW Dakoure, MM Niane, A Ndiaye, SIL Seye


We report a rare complex injury of a 45-year-old man who sustained a bilateral floating hip and floating knee and hospitalised in our service six days after a traffic accident. The floating knees were open type III and II of Cauchoix score in phase of suppuration. He also presented with a floating ankle on the right side. The treatment consisted of regular debridement and an amputation at the middle-thigh of the left side. On the right side, the infection was taken care of and after conservative treatment, the knee became stiff.
The authors showed the rarity of this case, complicated by amputation on one side and stiffness of the knee on the other.
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