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J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Feb;39(2):385-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.08.103. Epub 2014 Jan 9.

Distal ulna fractures.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
2
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Electronic address: DND2T@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu.

Abstract

In isolation, distal ulna fractures are rare. They are often found in conjunction with distal radius fractures, and the complexity of the interaction of the distal ulna with the radioulnar joint and triangular fibrocartilage complex makes understanding and treatment of distal ulna fractures challenging. Fixation of distal ulna fractures can be problematic owing to comminution making reduction challenging. A thin soft tissue can lead to hardware prominence and necessitate implant removal. In this Current Concepts article, we review the anatomy, pathology, and treatment of distal ulna fractures as well as potential complications and salvage procedures.

KEYWORDS:

Distal ulna; distal radioulnar joint; forearm fractures; ulna fractures; wrist fractures

PMID:
24411292
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.08.103
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