Brisbane Hand & Upper Limb


Capitellar fractures: Is open reduction and internal fixation necessary?

Cutbush K and Ross M
Proceedings of the 9th Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, Budapest Hungary 2004; 643-645.
ISBN: 88-7587-051-9.

This paper reviews the results of three consecutive patients with type 1 capitellar fractures treated with closed reduction. The purpose of this paper was to review the long term results of these three cases and compare these results to those published.  All three patients were immobilised in plaster at 90 degress for 4 to 6 weeks post reduciton.  Average followup was 34 months (range 28-38 months).  All three fractures united. Two patients obtained full range of motion when compared to the uninjured contralateral side. One patient, had a residual 15 degree fixed flexion deformity but had otherwise obtained full flexion, and forearm rotation.


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