Distraction Plating for the Treatment of Highly Comminuted Distal Radius Fractures in Elderly Patients
Richard MJ et al. – The authors treated 33 patients with distraction plating for comminuted distal radius fractures. At final follow-up, all fractures had healed, and radiographs demonstrated mean palmar tilt of 5° and mean positive ulnar variance of 0.6 mm. Mean radial inclination was 20°. Mean values for wrist flexion and extension were 46° and 50°, respectively. Mean pronation and supination were 79° and 77°, respectively. At final follow-up, the mean DASH score was 32. In the elderly, distraction plating is an effective method of treatment for comminuted, osteoporotic distal radius fractures.