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December 1959

Forearm Fractures

Author Affiliations

Danville, Pa.
From the Department of Orthopaedics, Geisinger Memorial Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;79(6):889-899. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320120031004

One hundred consecutive fractures of the forearm have been reviewed, which includes fifteen patients who had been referred to us and had been treated by one or more procedures elsewhere, which had either malunion or nonunion requiring an operative procedure at our institution. The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate the evolution of the methods of treatment of these fractures, evaluate the end-results, and record the conclusions. In 1950 we reported 320 forearm fractures.

The prognosis in young adults is considerably different from that in the older adults, and also, the open fractures, soft tissue injuries, and multiple fractures of one or both bones, and the site of the fracture tend to increase the period of treatment as well as influence the prognosis. No one method will suffice for all fractures of the forearm. Each must be individualized.

It is interesting to note in this series of fractures that