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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 3 ( November, 2013 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

Operative treatment and outcome of unstable distal radial fractures using a palmar T-miniplate at a non-specialized institution

E. Skouras, Y. Hosseini, V. Berger, K. Wegmann, T. C. Koslowsky

Keywords : Distal radial fractures, T-miniplate osteosynthesis

Citation Information : Skouras E, Hosseini Y, Berger V, Wegmann K, Koslowsky TC. Operative treatment and outcome of unstable distal radial fractures using a palmar T-miniplate at a non-specialized institution. 2013; 8 (3):155-160.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-013-0170-y

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 30-11-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Treatment options for displaced distal radial fractures are still a controversial topic of discussion. Although good results for the palmar plating of high-volume centers have been published, evidence of its successful use in smaller institutions is still lacking. We report the clinical and radiological results of the treatment for 84 distal radial fractures with a single 2.4-mm T-miniplate in an institution performing <30 procedures per year. According to the AO classification system, there were 30 A, 5 B, and 49 C fractures with a patients mean age of 64 years. After a minimum of 12-month follow-up, we found very good and good results according to the Gardland and Sarmiento scores and a DASH of 5.6. Only five patients were classified as having a moderate outcome. A remaining intra-articular step-off of more than 1 mm was seen in 15 patients. In a comparison of grip strength between the injured and uninjured hands, we saw a difference of 6.8 % less on the injured side. We saw two instances of tendon rupture and one of tendon irritation due to prominent dorsal screws and necessitating revision surgery. Flexor tendon irritation was noted in one patient, requiring a second operation. Modern treatment for distal radial fractures can be performed successfully and with good clinical outcome in smaller institutions. Based on the high and increasing incidence of distal radial fractures, there is no need to transfer these patients into high-volume centers. Level of evidence Case study, Level IV.

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