Comminuted fractures of the radial head.

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BACKGROUND: There have been few reports on the long-term outcome of comminuted radial head fractures in adults. METHOD: 10 women and 9 men with a mean age of 45 (21-65) years when they sustained a comminuted fracture of the radial head were re-evaluated after 15-25 years. 6 patients had been nonoperatively (NO) treated while 13 had had a radial head excision. The uninjured elbow served as a control. RESULTS: At follow-up, 11 patients (4 NO patients) rated their fractured elbow as being without deficits, 7 (1 NO) as being slightly impaired, and 1 (NO) as being severely impaired. Range of motion and elbow strength were not impaired, and even though there were more degenerative changes such as cysts, osteophytes, and sclerosis in the injured elbows by radiography, the prevalence of joint space reduction was not higher. INTERPRETATION: Most patients with an isolated comminuted fracture of the radial head treated nonoperatively or with a radial head excision report no or only minor long-term complaints.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Orthopedics


  • Comminuted: therapy, Fractures, Elbow Joint: injuries, Comminuted: surgery, Radius Fractures: surgery, Radius Fractures: therapy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-229
JournalActa Orthopaedica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Clinical and Molecular Osteoporosis Research Unit (013242930), Reconstructive Surgery (013240300), Medical Radiology Unit (013241410)