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Injury. 1988 May;19(3):145-8.

Bipolar fixation of fractures of the distal end of the radius: a comparative study.

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Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, Herts.


This paper reports a prospective study of the treatment of Colles' fractures, either by bipolar fixation or a forearm cast. Bipolar fixation reduced the degree of secondary displacement and no patient required a repeat manipulation. The functional results at 6 months, as assessed by the Scheck system, showed a strong trend in favour of bipolar fixation, but did not reach 95 per cent confidence limits. The technique of bipolar fixation proved to be safe and suitable for use in a busy district general hospital, without the necessity of elaborate equipment.

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