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Instr Course Lect. 2004;53:389-401.

Current concepts in the treatment of distal radial fractures.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.


Surgical indications for the treatment of distal radial fractures are evolving. It is important to identify the various articular fragments and their significance to facilitate optimal surgical treatment of these fragments from the standpoint of both internal and external fixation. New techniques in the visualization and stabilization of the articular surface and the treatment of defects in the metaphysis, including the use of cement to buttress the articular surface, have been brought to the forefront. A treatment algorithm for associated injuries to the distal radioulnar joint is also helpful.

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