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J Orthop Trauma. 1995;9(4):318-23.

Fractures of the radial head treated by internal fixation: late results in 26 cases.

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  • 1Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, California 94305, USA.


Twenty-six patients, ranging in age from 14 to 57 years (average 29 years), were evaluated an average of 7 years and 4 months (range 1-14 years) after open reduction and internal fixation of a displaced radial head fracture. Using Mason's classification, there were 11 type II fractures, 9 type III fractures, and 6 type IV fractures with associated dislocation of the elbow. Seven patients had ipsilateral extremity injuries that included fractures of the coronoid process, capitellum, humerus, and distal radius. Using the Broberg and Morrey elbow score, good or excellent results were achieved in all Mason type II and type III fractures. Four of the six Mason type IV fractures were rated good or excellent. Fair results were obtained in two patients who had an associated dislocation of the elbow and multiple ipsilateral extremity injuries. In these two patients, secondary excision of the radial head relieved pain and yielded some improvement in flexion and forearm rotation.

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