Immobilisation of forearm fractures in children. Extended versus flexed elbow

C. Bochang, Y. Jie, W. Zhigang, D. Wiegl, E. Bar-On, K. Katz*

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Redisplacement of unstable forearm fractures in plaster is common and may be the result of a number of factors. Little attention has been paid to the influence of immobilisation with the elbow extended versus flexed. We prospectively treated 111 consecutive children from two centres with closed forearm fractures by closed reduction and casting with the elbow either extended (60) in China or flexed (51) in Israel. We compared the outcome of the two groups. There was no statistically significant difference in the distribution of the age of the patients, the site of fracture or the amount of angulation and displacement between the groups. During the first two weeks after reduction, redisplacement occurred in no child immobilised with the elbow extended and nine of 51 children (17.6%) immobilised with the elbow flexed. Immobilisation of unstable forearm fractures with the elbow extended appears to be a safe and effective method of maintaining reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)994-996
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


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