The forearm is the part of the arm between the wrist and the elbow. It is made up of two bones: the radius and the ulna. Forearm fractures are common in. Both bone forearm fractures are common orthopedic injuries. Optimal treatment is dictated not only by fracture characteristics but also patient age. In the. one of the most common pediatric fractures estimated around 40% 15% present with an ipsilateral supracondylar fracture or “floating elbow”.

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First of two parts. How would you manage this patient? Pain and soft-tissue swelling are present at the distal-third radial fracture anntebrachii and at the wrist joint. Of these, 22 patients required remanipulation. Length is determined by placing it over the affected forearm and measuring against bone length under fluoroscopic guidance.

Significantly, Peterson et al. Intramedullary fixation was elected.

Three point moulding is required. Closed reduction with immobilisation in above-elbow cast for 6 antrbrachii. J Bone Joint Surg Am ; 92 Dahlin LB, Duppe H.

Retrieved 6 November Recently, however, there has been a trend fratcure increased surgical management of these fractures in an effort to improve clinical outcomes. Anttebrachii common are they and how do they occur? Use and abuse of flexible intramedullary nailing in children and adolescents. Operative fixation When acceptable reduction is unable to be attained with closed reduction and casting, operative intervention is recommended.


The authors concluded that single bone fixation has a favorable risk benefit ratio. Cast immobilization varied with Injuries to the shafts of the radius and ulna. Refer to orthopaedics for advice. Each modality has advantages and disadvantages. AOTrauma courses, seminars, and online events.

Despite the complication risk inherently associated with operative insertion of flexible nails, intramedullary nailing can be an effective strategy for treatment of forearm fractures with acceptable complication rates.

The optimal method of fixation has not been clearly established. A radial or ulnar fracture will be visible on at least one view.

What advice should I give to parents? Glossary Definition of specific terms used by AO. Thank you for updating your details. Six months after initial injury he fell from a motor scooter and refractured.

The cast should have a good interosseous mould, with an oval rather than a circular cross section, because this helps to maintain tension in the interosseous membrane.

Treatment of Diaphyseal Forearm Fractures in Children

Surgical interventions for diaphyseal fractures of the radius and ulna in children. Additionally, final range of motion was within 15 degrees of the contralateral forearm. Metallic implant removal in children.

It is important to determine what type of fracture it is, e. They are seen most often in males. The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

How important is this topic for board examinations? Log in Sign up. Retention of forearm plates: Revision fixation with nails was performed.

What is the best treatment of this injury? True anteroposterior AP and lateral views to include the wrist and elbow joint whole forearm should be ordered. How would you manage this fracture? A review of the literature illustrates fairly similar outcomes and complication rates between plate fixation and flexible nailing. Core Tested Community All.


No dislocation With dislocation of proximal radioulnar joint Monteggia. With the exception of severe fracture comminution, most both bone forearm fractures that can be treated by plate fixation may also be treated with flexible nails through closed or open reduction techniques.

They are the most common open fracture in the upper extremity ffracture the paediatric population. Galeazzi fractures are best antebrwchii with open reduction of the radius and the distal radio-ulnar joint. However, a review of the literature is inconclusive in defining precise guidelines for acceptable deformity Table 1. Articles Cases Courses Quiz.

Both Bone Forearm Fracture – Pediatric – Pediatrics – Orthobullets

Symptoms gross deformitypain, swelling loss of forearm and hand function Physical exam inspection open injuries check for tense forearm compartments neurovascular exam assess radial and ulnar pulses document median, radial, and ulnar nerve function pain with passive stretch of digits alert to impending or present compartment syndrome. Midshaft fractjre of forearm bones in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev Complete fracture See fracture education module for more information.

On x-ray, the normal ulna is straight and the normal radius is bowed.