Gallows traction (overhead Bryant skin traction) is useful for children younger than 2 years who weigh 10-12 kg for Fracture shaft of femur.

The traction should be enough to just lift the buttocks of the child off the bed.
Careful examination of the neurovascular status of the extremity is mandatory in the early period after application of traction.

Older children have a risk of compartment syndrome , vascular insufficiency, peroneal nerve palsy, and skin breakdown when treated with this method.

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MBBS , DNB (Ortho), MNAMS, PGDCR, http://www.facebook.com/orthopaedicsplus.in

4 Thoughts on “Gallow’s traction

  1. vinay kumar on October 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM said:

    orthopaedics plus is a very good informjtive site.. The work of Dr Tusar is very commendable.. Pls keep me updated..

  2. thanks .ur an inspiration for juniors like us !!!

  3. Wong on May 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM said:

    Hi,
    Why is it Gallows traction cannot be used in children heavier than 12kg?

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