Different methods of external fixation for treating distal radial fractures in adults

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There was insufficient evidence to determine the relative effects of different methods of external fixation for treating distal radial fractures in adults.

Fracture of the distal radius is a common injury. A surgical treatment is external fixation, where metal pins inserted into bone on either side of the fracture are then fixed to an external frame. The external component holds the bony fragments in position while the bone heals. Most of the differences between methods of external fixation are in the characteristics and design of the external component and in the placement of pins. This review assessed randomised controlled trials comparing different methods of external fixation for distal radial fractures in adults.

 

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