Both-bone forearm fractures in children

P. J. Carey, P. D. Alburger, R. R. Betz, M. Clancy, H. H. Steel

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Abstract

Treatment of both-bone forearm fractures remains a difficult dilemma for the orthopedist. We assessed the results of 33 children treated with closed reduction and a long-arm cast using traction with finger traps in neutral rotation. Patients were grouped according to age and analyzed for residual angulation and range of motion (ROM). Despite some residual angulation and loss of rotation, all patients were fully active with no functional restriction at follow up. For patients 10 years old or younger with less than 30° of postcasting angulation, full ROM and minimal residual angulation on radiograph can be expected. For patients ages 11 to 15 years (the oldest patient in this series was 15), residual angulation is likely and approximately 60% of patients will have residual loss of less than or equal to 30° of rotation. In spite of this, we found no evidence of functional loss at follow up. Our series supports the continued use of closed manipulation as an effective treatment in children with both-bone forearm fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1019
Number of pages5
JournalOrthopedics
Volume15
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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