Dynamic external traction system for management of distal displaced fractures of the head of the proximal phalanx

Chirurgie de la main
K El KhatibG Malka

Abstract

Phalangeal fractures are generally underestimated injuries, but result in pain, stiffness, instability, degenerative arthritis and loss of finger function. Treatment varies from open reduction with internal fixation giving perfect anatomical reduction but a risk of side effects, to orthopaedic treatment with variable results. Unstable fractures must be fixed rigidly to minimize joint immobilization. It is this concept of solid fixation and early mobilization, which directed us in the choice of dynamic external distraction in the management of these fractures. The authors present a prospective study of twelve patients treated for unstable fractures of the proximal interphalangeal joint by closed reduction and dynamic external distractor, we describe this simple device created with pins and rubber bands and examine the functional clinical results. The average follow-up period was 7.5 months. We only noted one pin-track infection. Three patients complained of pain at postoperative follow up. In this series, the total active motion varied from 70 degrees to 120 degrees (average 94.16 degrees), the mean lack of extension was 5.6 degrees (from 0 to 15 degrees). Ten patients had good mobility and were satisfied. Different traction dev...Continue Reading

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Finger Injuries
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Traction
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