Should unstable extra-articular distal radial fractures be treated with fixed-angle volar-locked plates or percutaneous Kirschner wires? A prospective randomised controlled trial.

@article{McFadyen2011ShouldUE,
  title={Should unstable extra-articular distal radial fractures be treated with fixed-angle volar-locked plates or percutaneous Kirschner wires? A prospective randomised controlled trial.},
  author={Iain McFadyen and J. Douglas Field and Paul McCann and Judy P. Ward and Stephen Nicol and Chris Curwen},
  journal={Injury},
  year={2011},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={162-6}
}
Fractures of the distal radius are commonly treated with cast immobilisation; however, those potentially unstable injuries with dorsal comminution may need operative intervention. This intervention is usually with manipulation and Kirschner wires but advances in locking-plate technology have enabled surgeons to achieve anatomical reconstruction of complex fracture patterns, even in poor-quality osteoporotic bone.To ascertain if fixed-angle volar-locked plates confer a significant benefit over… CONTINUE READING

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