Buried versus unburied Kirschner wires in the management of paediatric lateral condyle elbow fractures: a comparative study from a tertiary centre.

@article{Ormsby2016BuriedVU,
  title={Buried versus unburied Kirschner wires in the management of paediatric lateral condyle elbow fractures: a comparative study from a tertiary centre.},
  author={Neal M Ormsby and Roger D M Walton and Simon Robinson and Stephen Brookes-Fazakerly and Fernando Yuen Chang and Lorcan McGonagle and David Wright},
  journal={Journal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B},
  year={2016},
  volume={25 1},
  pages={69-73}
}
There is little consensus on whether Kirschner wire (K-wire) burial is preferable in the management of paediatric lateral humeral condyle fractures. We identified 124 patients from May 2008 to August 2014. Sixty received buried K-wires and 64 received unburied wires. We found no significant difference in the infection rates between groups, but a high rate of skin erosion (23%) in the buried group, with a subsequent high rate of infection in this subgroup (40%). We found a strong association of… CONTINUE READING