Question: In patients with extracapsular proximal femoral fractures,
how do cephalocondylic intramedullary nails compare with extramedullary
fixation implants?Data sources: Studies were identified by searching the Cochrane
Musculoskeletal Injuries Group trials register (up to May 2003), MEDLINE,
EM-BASE/Excerpta Medica, and CINAHL; hand-searching 9 orthopaedic journals;
scanning the reference lists of studies and reviews; and contacting
manufacturers of the Gamma nail and the intramedullary hip screw (IMHS).