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Recommendations for distal femoral fracture treatment in children with neuromuscular disease are various, including conservative, plating, nailing, and ESIN. All methods have disadvantages. Retrograde femoral intramedullary nailing using a statically interlocked Targon PH nail was performed in three cases. A right nail was used for a right femur (and vice versa). A short nail was used for supracondylar fractures, a long nail for distal femoral shaft fractures. Closed reduction was performed in all cases. Despite osteopenia, small bone dimensions and muscle dystrophy, no intraoperative or postoperative complications occurred. All cases achieved primary stability, allowing immediate rehabilitation. Bone healing occurred uneventfully within four months. No deterioration of functional status or range of motion was seen. There were no peri-implant fractures or hardware removal need over a two-year-period. Retrograde femoral nailing with the Targon PH nail seems to be a reasonable treatment concept for these rare and demanding cases.
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Keywords : Intramedullary Nailing, Femur fractures, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Dandy-Walker syndrome, Targon PH nail