Variable-angle locking plate with or without double-tiered subchondral support procedure in the treatment of intra-articular distal radius fracture

Keikichi Kawasaki, Tetsuya Nemoto, Katsunori Inagaki, Kazunari Tomita, Yukio Ueno
Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology 2014, 15 (4): 271-4

BACKGROUND: Double-tiered subchondral support (DSS) procedure is two-row fixation in which proximal screws support the dorsal subchondral bone, whereas distal screws support the volar central subchondral bone, using the volar variable-angle locking plate to achieve better anatomical reduction. We examined whether DSS improves clinical outcome, complication rate, and loss of correction for dorsally displaced Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO) type C3 distal radius fractures.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed dorsally displaced intra-articular AO C3-type distal radius fractures treated at our institutions with a variable-angle volar locking plate. We assessed 49 patients (27 DSS; 22 non-DSS) treated with volar locking plates, with a mean age of 59.9 years and average follow-up of 20.2 months (range 12-56 months). We evaluated differences in functional outcome, complication rates, and loss of correction between groups using radiographic parameters.

RESULT: There were no differences in clinical outcome and complications. Final volar tilt and ulnar variance were better maintained in the DSS group (P = 0.01 and 0.03). Change in volar tilt of the non-DSS group was more than that of the DSS group (P = 0.00).

CONCLUSION: Though there were no significant differences in clinical outcomes, we identified a significant reduction in final volar tilt, ulnar variance, and change in volar tilt. DSS procedure is useful to avoid correction loss when treating unstable C3 distal radius fractures and thus would reduce posttraumatic arthrosis.


Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"