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External fixation in the treatment of fractures of the distal forearm.

Authors
  • Bossi, E
  • Azzoni, R
  • Riva, R
  • Ronzani, C
  • Sinigaglia, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Italian journal of orthopaedics and traumatology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1984
Volume
10
Issue
3
Pages
341–348
Identifiers
PMID: 6519970
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The authors present 12 cases of fractures of the lower forearm treated by Hoffmann external fixation. They discuss the indications for this method and its advantages over internal fixation and closed treatment by manipulation and plaster. The advantages are: simplicity and rapidity of treatment, good toleration of the instrumentation, constant control of the soft tissues, almost bloodless technique, complete freedom of joints not involved in the fracture, and the ability to adjust the position of the wrist and hand as union progresses so as to gradually restore the physiological position in the later stages.

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