Results of Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Fixation of the Supracondylar Fractures of the Humerus in Adults

성인의 상완골 과상부 골절의 도수 정복 후 경피적 고정 방식의 치료 결과

  • Published : 2002.12.01


Purpose: To evaluate the results of the treatment of the supracondylar fractures of the humerus according to the fixation methods in adults Materials and Methods: Seven patients, aged 55 to 52 years (average,69 years), were reviewed after a mean follow-up of 37 months (range, 11-65 months). According to AO classification all fractures were classified as type A2 (simple transverse supracondylar fracture). Six patients underwent closed reduction and one patient, open reduction after failure of closed reduction. Percutaneous fixation with cannulated screws was performed to the 4 patients, per- cuta)leous fixation with Kirschner wires in 3 patients. All except one patients have associated medical problems. The results were assessed based on the Mayo Elbow Performance Score. Results: All the patients with cannulated screw fixation had stable bony union with excellent ranges of motion (mean: 5-125 degrees). All the three patients who received percuatnaous smooth K-wire fixation had nonunion with poor results, one of them had changed into cannulated screw. and then had good result. Conclusion: Although simple supracondylar fracture is similar to the pediatric fracture in nature, it should be firmly fixed with the method such as threaded cannualted screw rather than the simple fixation with K-wires.


Supracondylar fracture;Humerus;Adult


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