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Pediatric Monteggia Fracture Outcome Assessment - Preliminary Report.

Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2022 Apr;24(2):79-86

Klinika Ortopedii i Ortopedii Dziecięcej, Centralny Szpital Kliniczny Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi, Polska / Orthopedics and Pediatric Orthopedics Department, Central Teaching Hospital of the Medical University of Lodz, Poland.

Background: The term Monteggia fracture refers to a class of injuries encompassing the fracture of the proximal end of the ulna with subluxation or dislocation of the radial head. These injuries account for 0.4-1% of all forearm fractures in children. Despite its low incidence, Monteggia fractures require particular attention, since as much as 30-50% of the cases may be unrecognized, which subsequently leads to complications. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate treatment outcomes of Monteggia fractures in children. Both conservative treatment and surgery were analyzed.

Material And Methods: 15 children (7 boys and 8 girls) between the ages of 4-16.3 years (mean age 8.3 years) with Monteggia fractures were hospitalized at our center in the years 2015-2020. Closed reduction and immobilization in a cast were performed in 12 patients, while three children underwent surgical treatment with internal fixation of the ulna. The radial head dislocation was reduced successfully in every patient.

Results: Every child from the study group who received conservative treatment regained full elbow mobility as well as normal forearm supination and pronation. Only one of the patients who underwent the surgery demonstrated a 20° deficit in elbow flexion that did not affect limb function.

Conclusions: 1. Our experience shows that closed reduction together with immobilization in a cast is usually a sufficient treatment in Monteggia fractures. 2. However, the dislocated radial head should be properly reduced in all patients. 3. Correct diagnosis and treatment followed by appropriate rehabilitation result in full recovery and no mobility limitations in children and teenagers.
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