The authors report 12 cases of fracture of the radial capitellum occurring during childhood, treated by retrograde intramedullary osteosynthesis. Preoperative assessment involved the four-stage "prognostic-therapeutic" radiographic method proposed by Métaizeau. The results were extremely encouraging, 92% excellent and good, particularly when there were no (except in one case) severe complications (necrosis of the head, pseudarthrosis, poor consolidation, synostosis) typical of these traumatic lesions. At the same time clinical data observed, in agreement with what is reported in the literature, confirmed that the principal prognostic factors are represented by the amount of traumatic lesion, and above all by epiphyseal dislocation, the quality of reduction obtained, and the age of the patient.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||La Chirurgia degli organi di movimento|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|