Severely comminuted distal radial fracture as an unsolved problem: complications associated with external fixation and pins and plaster techniques.

Seventy-six patients with severely comminuted distal radial fractures were treated at two institutions, of which the overwhelming majority were Frykman class VIII. Fifteen fractures were open. Thirty patients were seen at the University Hospital; 17 had pins and plaster and 13 had external fixation. Forty-six patients were seen at Kaiser Hospital; all had… (More)