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Open reduction and cross K-wire fixation through a posterior triceps non disturbing
approach can be satisfactorily used in the treatment of type III supracondylar fractures that could not be
reduced satisfactorily by closed methods.
The mean age was 10+6 years. In 3(6%) patients the fracture was flexion and in 47(94%) the
fracture was of extension variety. Traditional bone setters were the initial treatment provider for 54% of
the patients. The average delay in presentation was 31 hours. Four patients have ipsilateral fractures of
the distal radial epiphysis. Postoperatively 9(18%) patients developed pin track infection, and only 2(4%)
had transient neuroprexia of the ulnar nerve.
This descriptive study was conducted at Orthopaedics Unit District Headquarter Hospital
Timergara Dir Lower from December 2005 to September 2008. Fifty children with type III supracondylar
fractures, who presented within one week of injury, and in whom satisfactory reduction was not possible by
closed means, were evaluated clinically and with radiographs before surgery and at follow up. All these
patients underwent open reduction and crossed K-wire fixation through a triceps non disturbing posterior
approach. Anatomical reduction of the fracture was achieved and fixation was carried out by two cross Kwires.
The patients were regularly followed up and at one the results were measured according to the
criteria of Flynn.
To describe the outcome of open reduction and cross K-wire fixation through a triceps non
disturbing posterior approach used in the treatment of type III supracondylar fractures of humerus in
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