Journal article

Lateral condylar fractures of the humerus in children: does the type of fixation matter?

R Ganeshalingam, A Donnan, O Evans, M Hoq, M Camp, L Donnan

The Bone & Joint Journal | Published : 2018

Abstract

Aims: Displaced fractures of the lateral condyle of the humerus are frequently managed surgically with the aim of avoiding nonunion, malunion, disturbances of growth and later arthritis. The ideal method of fixation is however not known, and treatment varies between surgeons and hospitals. The aim of this study was to compare the outcome of two well-established forms of surgical treatment, Kirschner wire (K-wire) and screw fixation. Patients and Methods: A retrospective cohort study of children who underwent surgical treatment for a fracture of the lateral condyle of the humerus between January 2005 and December 2014 at two centres was undertaken. Pre, intraoperative and postoperative charac..

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