Ectopic bone formation due to a distal venting hole in intramedullary nailing.

Published online: Mar 27 1996

S Verfaillie, and J Stuyck.

University Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, U.Z. Pellenberg, Belgium.


A case report is presented on ectopic bone formation around a distal venting hole drilled in the femur to prevent pulmonary embolism. We no longer recommend this technique, because it is ineffective and has its own complications.