Retrograde Fixation of the Ulna in Pediatric Forearm Fractures Treated With Elastic Stable Intramedullary Nailing.
Introduction This study analyzes the outcomes of retrograde fixation of the ulna in pediatric forearm fractures treated with elastic stable intramedullary nailing (ESIN). Materials and Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted by reviewing patient records of forearm fractures treated with ESIN by retrograde fixation. The study included 30 children (26 boys and 4 girls). The mean age at the time of injury was 11.7 years (range: 6.6 to 14.3 years). The technique is described. All patients were followed up until hardware removal. Results The mean time for fracture healing was 5.3 weeks (range: 4 to 8.8 weeks). The mean time for nail removal was 6.6 months (range: 5 to 10 months). There were five cases with rotation deficits, one of which was a re-fracture. Conclusions When antegrade nailing is performed, the ulna is sometimes complicated by non-union as well as entry point irritation. We did not encounter such complications. Retrograde fixation of the ulna in pediatric forearm fractures treated with ESIN is a safe and effective alternative to common fixation (antegrade ulnar fixation) and offers technical advantages.
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