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Orthop Clin North Am. 2002 Jan;33(1):35-57, vii.

Wrist fractures.

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Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Section of Hand and Microvascular Surgery, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2499, USA.


The benefits of a well-reduced and well-healed wrist fracture are predictable. This knowledge has prompted the development of myriad treatment methods and fixation devices. The choice of open versus closed reduction and the devices used to maintain that reduction could most often be determined with a well-defined and reproducible closed reduction maneuver. With this maneuver, the integrity of the critical volar ulnar corner of the radius is determined as is articular stepoff, metaphyseal comminution, and distal radionular joint (DRUJ) stability. Reconstruction of the subluxed or dislocated DRUJ starts with the reduction of the radius, frequently obviating the need to address fractures involving the ulnar head and styloid. Most importantly, the results of treatment reflect surgical decision over the fixation method.

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