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J Int Med Res. 2018 Jul;46(7):2731-2742. doi: 10.1177/0300060518770568. Epub 2018 May 29.

Ring versus non-ring plate for the treatment of displaced scapular body fractures: a retrospective study with a mean follow-up of 5 years.

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1 Department of Orthopaedics, Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
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2 Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
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3 Emergency Department, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
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4 Department of Orthopaedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
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5 Internal Medicine, Amcare Primary Care & Out Patient Services Centre, Beijing, China.
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6 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
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7 Department of Orthopaedics, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai City, China.

Abstract

Objective To compare surgical complications and functional outcomes of the ring plate versus the non-ring plate approach to the surgical repair of scapular body fractures (SBFs; AO/OTA classification: 14-A2.2). Methods This retrospective study reviewed data from adults with SBFs who underwent a modified Judet approach combined with non-ring or ring plates between November 2006 and June 2013. The primary outcomes were the Constant and Murley score and the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) score. The secondary outcomes were radiographic findings. Results A total of 318 patients had a non-ring or ring plate internal fixation, of which 147 patients (ring-treated, n = 72; non-ring-treated, n = 75) were evaluated with a mean follow-up period of 60 months. At the 3-month follow-up, the complication rate was 2.8% and 13.3% for the ring-treated and non-ring-treated groups, respectively. The difference persisted over time, with significantly different rates of 8.3% and 20.0% at the final follow-up for the ring and non-ring groups, respectively. The ring-treated group had significantly higher postoperative Constant and Murley scores and lower DASH scores compared with the non-ring-treated group. Conclusion Application of a modified Judet approach combined with ring plate internal fixation for the treatment of SBFs may be the preferred treatment option.

KEYWORDS:

Constant and Murley score; Judet; Ring plate; clinical complications; scapular fractures

PMID:
29808730
PMCID:
PMC6124297
DOI:
10.1177/0300060518770568
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