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Treatment of acute and chronic elbow instability with a hinged external fixator after fracture dislocation.
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PMID:  19492555     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This is a retrospective analysis of the clinical and radiological outcome in 24 patients with acute or chronic posttraumatic elbow instability, who were treated with open reduction, internal fixation and a hinged external fixator. The instability was acute after elbow fracture dislocation in 11 cases; the other 13 had chronic posttraumatic instability of the elbow. Concentric stability and a sufficient range of motion of the elbow joint were achieved in all cases. The addition of a hinged external fixator in noncompliant patients, who underwent open reduction and internal fixation of an acute or chronic posttraumatic unstable elbow, allows early intensive mobilisation and can improve the clinical outcome after these complex elbow injuries.
Christoph Zilkens; Markus Graf; Alexandros Anastasiadis; Samir Smajic; Gert Muhr; Thomas Kälicke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta orthopaedica Belgica     Volume:  75     ISSN:  0001-6462     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Orthop Belg     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-04     Completed Date:  2009-06-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985165R     Medline TA:  Acta Orthop Belg     Country:  Belgium    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, BG University Hospital Trauma Center "Bergmannsheil", Bochum, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Dislocations / surgery*
Elbow Joint / injuries*,  radiography,  surgery*
External Fixators*
Joint Instability / surgery*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies

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