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2022 Nov

J Hand Surg Glob Online



Acute on Chronic Distal Radius Fracture: A Case Series and Technique Description.


Heifner JJ, Halpern AL, Wahood M, Mercer DM, Orbay JL
J Hand Surg Glob Online. 2022 Nov; 4(6):328-331.
PMID: 36425377.


Distal radius fractures are the most common fractures in adults. Because of the prevalence of these injuries, patients may present with a repeat distal radius fracture on the same wrist through the site of a malunion. We clinically refer to this as an acute on chronic distal radius fracture. In this setting, the restoration of acceptable alignment can be challenging. There is little guidance in the literature for the management of these fractures. We report our experience with acute on chronic distal radius fractures. The secondary fracture plane was used to correct the prior deformity, and the construct was fixated with a fixed angle volar locking plate.