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Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Ortopedia y Traumatología

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RELLAN, Ignacio et al. Patología tendinosa en pacientes con placa bloqueada palmar de radio distal: incidencia y resultado clínico del tratamiento. Rev. Asoc. Argent. Ortop. Traumatol. [online]. 2017, vol.82, n.2, pp.124-128. ISSN 1852-7434.

Introduction: The aim of this paper is to report the incidence of tendon complications in patients with distal radius fractures treated with volar locking plates and the clinical results after plate removal. Methods: A total of 992 patients with distal radial fracture treated with volar locking plates were retrospectively evaluated. Cases with plate removal due to tendon irritation were included in this study. Clinical results were evaluated using DASH score and a visual analogue scale for pain at rest, during activity and functional result. Results: Thirty-four patients had tendon complications: 20 with flexor tendonitis (2%), 13 with extensor tendonitis (1.3%), and a flexor tendon rupture. All cases were treated only with implant removal. Final mean results were: visual analogue scale, 1 for pain at rest, 1 for pain during activity, and 8 for function; DASH score 13 in patients with flexor tendinitis; and 0, 3, 9, respectively, and DASH score 15 for those with extensor tenosinovitis. Conclusions: Tendon complications are infrequent in patients with distal radial fractures treated with volar locking plate. The early removal of the implant improves tendon irritation symptoms and prevents tendon rupture.

Keywords : Radius; Complications; Fracture; Tendons.

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