Titanium mesh cages have been used during fixation of segmental defects in long bones; however, use in the subtrochanteric region of the proximal femur is a novel application. We describe a 38-year-old, 330-lb man with a highly comminuted fracture about the right femur after a gunshot wound. Immediate treatment involved use of a cement spacer. Findings of follow-up imaging showed about 26° external rotational deformity and 2-cm limb shortening. To correct the rotational abnormality and limb length discrepancy, a cylindrical titanium mesh cage and custom-made femur locking plate with a cancellous bone autograft were used. Subsequently, successful bridging was obtained across the defect. Titanium mesh cages may be potential alternative devices to use in treating segmental femoral bone defects in the subtrochanteric region of the femur.
Winter, Lucas D.; James A. Dollahite; and Rick Gehlert. "Use of Titanium Mesh Cage in Treating a Subtrochanteric Defect: A Case Report." UNM Orthopaedic Research Journal 8, 1 (2019). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_jor/vol8/iss1/8