Fractures of the proximal forearm in young children may be unstable with the elbow flexed but stable with it in extension. Fifteen such fractures were managed by immobilisation in long-arm casts with the elbow extended. Only one patient had more than 15° angulation at the time of bony union. All obtained normal elbow movement at two weeks and full forearm rotation at follow-up. No casts fell off. The extended elbow cast is awkward but it provides an alternative to internal fixation for some unstable fractures.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B|
|State||Published - 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine