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Archives of Hand and Microsurgery 2018;23(1):46-53.
Published online March 1, 2018.
Clinical Outcome of Forearm Segmental Fracture after Open Reduction and Plate Fixation
In Tae Hong, Dong Won Kim, Gyu Chol Jang, Soo Hong Han
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University School of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea.
Received: 21 November 2017   • Revised: 21 January 2018   • Accepted: 31 January 2018
Forearm segmental fractures are occasionally managed by orthopedic surgeon even though the prevalence is much lower than simple fractures. However there are only a few studies dealing the treatment and results of this type of fracture in South Korea. Authors present the clinical results of forearm segmental fractures after open reduction and plate fixation.

Medical records and radiographs of 12 patients who were treated with open reduction and internal fixation for forearm segmental fracture were reviewed retrospectively. Fracture union was analyzed by serial radiographs. Clinical results were analyzed with visual analogue scale (VAS), disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand (DASH) score, grip strength and range of motion of relevant joints at the final follow-up.

Bone union was achieved in all cases without additional procedure. The average time of bone union was 19.7 weeks. Average VAS was 2.08 and DASH score was 11.85 at the final follow-up. Average grip strength was 22.2 kg (contralateral limb 26.8 kg). Average range of motion of elbow joint was 0°–137°, and wrist flexion, extension, pronation, and supination was 65°, 74°, 84°, and 87°.

Authors showed satisfactory results in all cases of forearm segmental fracture. With accurate reduction and stable fixation, favorable result comparable to that of simple fracture can be achieved for complicated forearm segmental fractures.
Key Words: Radius, Ulna, Forearm, Segmental fracture, Open reduction, Plate fixation

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