Crossed-pin versus lateral-pin fixation in pediatric supracondylar fractures.

S. A. Shamsuddin, R. Penafort, Sharaf Ibrahim

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A retrospective study was done on 56 patients treated with percutaneous pinning of displaced supracondylar fractures of the humerus in the Paediatrics Institute of Hospital Kuala Lumpur between November 1999 and October 2000, to ascertain whether there is any significance clinically in the stability of a crossed pinning medial compared with lateral pinning method. There was equal number of patients in each group (28 patients). The radiographs were evaluated for change in Baumann's angle and Lateral Humero-capitellar angle from immediate post-op until the last follow-up. The changes in the angles did not reveal any statistically significant difference in the ability to maintain reduction of the fractures. There were 3 instances of iatrogenic ulnar nerve injury in the crossed pinning group; the lateral pinning group had 1 case each of anterior interosseous nerve and radial nerve injury post operatively. No vascular injury was noted. Two cases of superficial pin tract infection were present in each group. The lateral percutaneous pinning technique of displaced supracondylar fractures of the humerus therefore offers a viable alternative to the crossed pinning group as it offers the same stability without the incipient risk of iatrogenic ulnar nerve injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalThe Medical journal of Malaysia
Volume56 Suppl D
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

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Ulnar Nerve
Humerus
Pediatrics
Wounds and Injuries
Radial Nerve
Fracture Fixation
Pediatric Hospitals
Vascular System Injuries
Retrospective Studies
Infection

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Crossed-pin versus lateral-pin fixation in pediatric supracondylar fractures. / Shamsuddin, S. A.; Penafort, R.; Ibrahim, Sharaf.

In: The Medical journal of Malaysia, Vol. 56 Suppl D, 12.2001, p. 38-44.

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