PMID: 591029Aug 1, 1977

The operative management of the difficult supracondylar fracture of the humerus in the child

G M HartG P Arden


A series of supracondylar fractures of the humerus in children is presented. The majority was reduced by closed manipulation. The difficult fractures were defined as those in which adequate reduction either could not be achieved by manipulation or was not maintained, or those in which neurological or vascular complications occurred. Such cases were treated by open reduction and internal fixation. The results were assessed with regard to loss of elbow movement, deformity and symptoms. The results of the operative series were comparable with those achieved by closed manipulation in the easier cases. No secondary corrective procedures were necessary. It is concluded that closed manipulation should be used routinely as the method of treatment for supracondylar fractures of the humerus in children, except in the difficult case, for which operative treatment should be undertaken. Stiffness or deformity does not follow open reduction and internal fixation.


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