Forearm fractures in children. Cast treatment with the elbow extended

J. L. Walker, M. Rang

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-301
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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