Displaced fractures of the neck of the radius in adults - An excellent long-term outcome

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We have reviewed 20 women and three men aged 22 to 73 years, who had sustained a Mason type-lib fracture of the neck of the radius 14 to 25 years earlier. There were 19 patients with displacement of the fractures of 2 mm to 4 mm, of whom 13 had been subjected to early mobilisation and six had been treated in plaster for one to four weeks. Of four patients with displacement of 4 mm to 8 mm, three had undergone excision and one an open reduction of the head of radius. A total of 21 patients had no subjective complaints at follow-up, but two had slight impairment and occasional elbow pain. The mean range of movement and strength of the elbow were not impaired. The elbows had a higher prevalence of degenerative changes than the opposite side, but no greater reduction of joint space. Mason type-lib fractures have an excellent long-term outcome if operation is undertaken when the displacement of the fracture exceeds 4 mm.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Skåne University Hospital

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Radiologi och bildbehandling
  • Ortopedi
Sidor (från-till)642-644
TidskriftJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery: British Volume
Utgåva nummer5
StatusPublished - 2006
Peer review utfördJa