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Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Apr;445:30-41.

External fixation techniques for distal radius fractures.

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  • 1University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey 07103, USA. capojt@umndj.edu


Fractures of the distal radius are common injuries. Low-energy or high-energy mechanisms may be involved. Unstable distal radius fractures present a challenge to the treating orthopaedic surgeon. External fixation is a valuable instrument for fracture reduction and stabilization. Limited open incisions, early range of motion, and treatment of complex wounds are a few of the benefits of external fixation. Fixators may be spanning or nonbridging and may be used alone or in combination with other stabilization methods to obtain and maintain distal radius fracture reduction. Augmentation with percutaneous wires allows for optimal fracture stabilization with physiologic alignment of the wrist. Moderate distraction at the carpus does not induce postoperative stiffness. The distal radioulnar joint must be assessed and may need to be stabilized. Complications of external fixation are usually minor, but must be anticipated and treated early.


Level V (expert opinion).

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