Complications of distal radial fractures: Pins and plaster treatment

D. Robert Chapman, James B. Bennett, William J. Bryan, Hugh S. Tullos

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Recent advances in the treatment of comminuted distal radial fractures has led to the use of pins and plaster, a concept described by many authors. This paper examines whether the use of pins and plaster maintains reduction of distal comminuted radial fractures, and, if it is accomplished with a minimum of complications. With follow-up ranging from 1 month to 1 year following pin removal, 80 consecutive comminuted distal radial fractures treated with pins and plaster were analyzed for change in fracture reduction, associated injuries, and complications incurred during and as a result of the treatment mode. Thirty-three percent of our patients had some complications due to their pins and 16% required reoperation for carpal tunnel syndrome or replacement of loose pins, sequestrectomy, or extended treatment in long arm casts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-512
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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