Ninety-two patients with displaced Cones' fractures were followed prospectively after manipulation under regional anaesthesia. Radiographs were taken before and after manipulation and after 3 months when a functional assessment was also made. A correlation was sought between outcome and radiological measurements. Final radial shortening of 3 mm or more was associated with a significantly worse functional outcome after 3 months (P <0.001). Where the initial radial shortening was 3 mm or more, the probability of malunion was 65% whereas with less than 3 mm, the probability of malunion was 28% (P <0.001). With 5 mm or more of radial shortening at presentation, the probability of malunion was 73% (P <0.01). The decision to manipulate remains a matter of judgement but a high failure rate renders simple manipulation and plaster cast fixation a poor treatment option in fractures with 5 mm or more of radial shortening at presentation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Which Colles' fractures should be manipulated?|
|Pages (from-to)||81 - 83|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|