Mette Schandorff Skjærbæk

Good radiological and functional results after intramedullary nailing of distal radius fractures

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To evaluate the results after fixation of distal radius fractures using Micronail internal fixation, a prospective cohort study was performed, including displaced fractures of the distal radius (AO type A 2.2, A3.1, and A3.2). In total, 60 patients were included and 44 patients were available for 1-year follow-up (radiological and clinical examination) and 39 for 5-year follow-up (telephone interview). It was found that all fractures healed, with an average radial volar tilt of 2°, radial length of 11 mm, and a radial inclination of 22°. The functional result was excellent-to-good in 93% of the patients. Thirteen patients (30%) reported paraesthesia of the superficial branch of the radial nerve at the 1-year follow-up. In four patients the paraesthesia of the radial nerve was persistent. No other complications or reoperations were reported by the patients at the 5-year follow-up and only one implant had been removed. The study confirms that the Micronail is a minimal invasive method that can provide a stable fixation of selected distal radius fractures and provide a good functional outcome with a very low need of implant removal after fracture healing with few complications related to the operation, the main complication being permanent damage to the radial nerve.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Vol/bind47
Nummer4
Sider (fra-til)286-8
Antal sider3
ISSN2000-656X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2013

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