J Korean Fract Soc.  1996 Apr;9(2):283-289.

Treatment of Unstable Intraarticular Fracture of Distal Radius with External Fixator and Minimal open Reduction

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic surgery, College of Medicine, Yeung Nam University, Taegu, Korea.

Abstract

The distal radius fracture is one of the most common fracture in orthopedics, but their optimal treatment has not been delineated, especially in unstable intraarticular fracture. The unstable intraarticular fracture is increasig due to high energy injury following industrialization and increasing traffic accidents. The unstable intraarticular facture of the distal radius comprises distince subgroups that are difficult to manage and are associated with a high frequency of posttraumatic arthritis. Authors treated 6 cases of unstable intraarticular fracture of distal radius using external fixator and minimal open reduction to improve anatomical and functional results. Six patient were followed up more than one year (mean 19.3 month) and the patients were assessed functional results by Green and 0Briens score and anatomical results by Stewarts scale. Using the external firator and minimal open reduction, is thought to be a useful method for treatment of unstable intraarticular fracture of the distal radius.

Keyword

Distal Radius; Unstable Intraarticular Fracture; External Fixation; Minimal Open Reduction

MeSH Terms

Accidents, Traffic
Arthritis
External Fixators*
Humans
Intra-Articular Fractures*
Methods
Orthopedics
Radius Fractures
Radius*
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