Intramedullary Fixation of Unstable Forearm Fractures in Children


ABSTRACT: Although most forearm fractures in children are appropriately treated with closed reduction and cast immobilization, certain unstable fractures of the radius and ulna are best treated operatively. We present our technique of using flexible intramedullary fixation to  stabilize these fractures. Retrograde fixation of the radius is obtained with a 5/64th or 3/32nd  Steinmann pin, and stabilization of the ulna is achieved with a 1/8th inch Rush rod.  Complications from this technique are few. The rods are usually removed after fracture union  to avoid painful hardware.

SKU: JSOA-1999-8-4-W4 Categories: ,

Douglas W. Lundy, MD; Michael T. Busch, MD