Kuntscher nail

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Künt·scher nail

an intramedullary metal nail used for internal fixation of a fracture.
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intramedullary nail

A metal rod forced into the medullary cavity of long, weight-bearing bones (e.g., femur, tibia), which allows ambulation within weeks rather than months. Intramedullary nails have a cloverleaf appearance on cross-section and are made of titanium, which has a lower rate of mechanical failure and improved biocompatibility.

Persistent knee pain (present in 3/4 of patients), arthritis (1/3), and atrophy of the quadriceps and calf muscles (1/4).
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Kuntscher nail

A large, strong, stainless steel nail with a clover-leaf cross-section, used to maintain alignment in fractures of the shaft of the thigh bone (FEMUR) or TIBIA. The nail is hammered into the hollow canal of the bone. (Gerhard Kuntscher, 1902–72, German surgeon)
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Gerhard, German surgeon, 1902-1972.
Küntscher cloverleaf nail
Küntscher driver
Küntscher femur guide pin
Küntscher intramedullary nail
Küntscher nail - an intramedullary nail used for internal fixation of a fracture.
Küntscher nail driver
Küntscher nail extender
Küntscher nail instrument
Küntscher nail set
Küntscher reamer
Küntscher rod
Küntscher shaft reamer
Küntscher traction apparatus
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