alexa Delayed ruptures of the extensor tendon secondary to the use of volar locking compression plates for distal radial fractures.


Journal of Trauma & Treatment

Author(s): AlRashid M, Theivendran K, Craigen MA

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Abstract The use of volar locking compression plates for the treatment of fractures of the distal radius is becoming increasingly popular because of the stable biomechanical construct, less soft-tissue disturbance and early mobilisation of the wrist. A few studies have reported complications such as rupture of flexor tendons. We describe three cases of rupture of extensor tendons after the use of volar locking compression plates. We recommend extreme care when drilling and placing the distal radial screws to prevent damaging the extensor tendons. This article was published in J Bone Joint Surg Br and referenced in Journal of Trauma & Treatment

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