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Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Ortopedia y Traumatología

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ROBLES, Cristian et al. Tratamiento conservador versus tratamiento quirúrgico de fracturas de estiloides cubital en el contexto de fracturas del radio distal. Rev. Asoc. Argent. Ortop. Traumatol. [online]. 2019, vol.84, n.4, pp.353-360. ISSN 1852-7434.

Objectives: To evaluate potential differences in clinical and radiological outcomes after surgical versus conservative management of ulnar styloid fractures associated with unstable distal radius fractures treated by locked volar plating. Materials and Methods: This was a multicenter, retrospective and descriptive study including surgical patients treated at four different institutions between 2009 and 2012 for ulnar styloid fractures associated with unstable distal radius fractures. Ulnar styloid fractures were treated conservatively in group I and surgically in group II. Results: The average follow-up was 56 months. The study included 57 patients divided into two groups (group I [29 cases] and group II [28 cases]). Patients in group II had 2.76 times (95% CI: 1.086; 8.80) more chances of achieving bone union than those in group I. DASH and pain scores, both at rest and during activity, did not show significant differences between the two groups (p = 0.276 and p = 0.877). Group I presented milder ulnar deviation and better strength (p = 0.0194 and p = 0.024). Conclusions: Although patients who underwent surgery for ulnar styloid fractures had 2.76 more chances of achieving bone union than those who received conservative management, there were no significant differences between both groups in subjective evaluations (DASH and pain scores) or when considering the degree of ulnar styloid involvement. However, the parameters of strength and ulnar deviation were better in the conservative management group.

Keywords : Ulnar styloid fracture; Distal radius fracture; Surgical management; Conservative management.

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