J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1969 Dec;4(4):51-54. 10.4055/jkoa.1969.4.4.51.

A Clinical Analysis on 83 Ankle Fractures

Abstract

Clinical analysis was performed on 83 ankle fractures admitted and treated at the Orthopedic Service of the 17th Army Hospital during the period from April 1966 to April 1969. 1) Fourty five cases in the right ankle and the remainder in the left. 2) Closed reduction followed by adequate external immobilization was applied in 49 cases and the other 34 cases treated by open reduction included 20 cases in which initial manual reduction was failed. 3) Results of treatment in 33 cases could be evaluated as satisfying, in which reduction followed by short leg or patella setting below knee cast was adopted. 4) Average healing period was 2 to 3 months and in 5 cases it required more than 5 months. 5) Comminuted compression fracture and those with extensive soft tissue damage posed most difficult problems with ultimate poor functional restoration. In 8 such cases it was obligatory to apply a surgical fusion from the start of treatment.

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