On a quarterly basis, William W. Cross III, MD, and Brandon J. Yuan, MD, from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, discuss trauma cases gone wrong in X-ray Forensics. Dr. Cross and Dr. Yuan, who specialize in orthopaedic trauma, provide tips for avoiding mistakes than can compromise patient outcomes.

Current Articles

Neglected Femoral Neck Fracture and Delayed Union of the Femoral Shaft
Six months after a repair of a closed diaphyseal femur fracture, a 35-year-old patient presents with severe groin pain and the inability to bear weight. What went wrong – and what should be done to fix it?
By Brandon J. Yuan, MD - Posted 20 Sep 2017

3rd Time’s the Charm? Managing a Distal Femoral Non-union
After undergoing 2 failed attempts at repairing her closed metadiaphyseal distal femur fracture, a 60-year-old female patient is scheduled for re-revision surgery. What went wrong with the 2 previous procedures?
By Brandon J Yuan MD - Posted 22 Dec 2016

Failure of a Humerus Shaft Fixation
When non-operative management for a fractured humerus shaft fails, an active 75-year-old farmer agrees to undergo surgery with plate and screw fixation. What goes wrong?
By William W Cross III MD - Posted 30 Aug 2016

The Challenges of Subtrochanteric Fracture Management
In the debut of our new quarterly column X-ray Forensics, orthopaedic trauma specialist Dr. William Cross discusses the challenges with the management of an active male patient who sustained a subtrochanteric fracture of his right hip and how the case was finally resolved.
By William W Cross III MD - Posted 29 Jun 2016