Recurrent Infections after Percutaneous Pinning of a Proximal Radius and Ulna Fracture

Federico Galar, Clinton Ulmer, Steven Gibbons, Sekinat McCormick, Matthew Landrum

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Elbow fractures in the pediatric population are an exceedingly common injury, comprising 5% to 10% of all pediatric fractures, with supracondylar fractures being the most common of the subset. Radial neck fractures are less frequent, comprising only 1% of all pediatric fractures. We provide a case report of a 7-year-old girl with a left radial neck and proximal ulna fracture. A 7-year-old girl presented to the emergency department after falling off a rock wall the day before. Imaging showed a left proximal ulna and proximal radial neck fracture. The patient underwent percutaneous reduction and fixation, complicated by subsequent infection requiring surgical de bridement. The patient then developed a recurrent infection 1 year later, requiring repeat irrigation and de bridement. The patient has since made a full recovery, returned to activities of daily living, and regained a full range of motion. Radial neck fractures have a low incidence and have been frequently associated with poor outcomes. The main mechanism by which these fractures occur is due to falling on an outstretched arm. Percutaneous pinning is often recommended after unsuccessful attempts at closed reduction because open reduction is often complicated by postoperative stiffness. As with any procedure that involves breaking the skin, there is a risk of infection. However, there is unclear evidence regarding ideal perioperative management to prevent postoperative infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number00081
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Global Research and Reviews
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 6 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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