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J Korean Soc Fract. 2002 Jul;15(3):404-409. Korean. Original Article.
Chung WY , Kim WS , Kim TH .
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.

PURPOSE: This is a retrospective study to analyze the clinical results of the usefulness of the lateral J plate fixations in distal humeral shaft and metaphyseal fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 1996 to May 2000, eleven patients with distal humeral shaft and metaphyseal fracture were treated by open reduction and internal fixations with lateral J plate fixations. The clinical results were analyzed according to Morrey 's functional rating scale. Radiological unions, complication, and range of motion of the elbow were assessed. RESULTS: All fractures were united at 12 weeks (range, 10 ~18) in average. Finally, average range of motion of the elbow joint was flexion contracture 6 degrees in average(range, 0 ~20) to further flexion 126 degrees in average (range, 90 ~1 5 0 ) . Morrey 's functional rating scale were as follows; excellent 4, good 6, and fair 1. CONCLUSION: Lateral J plate fixations can be a good treatment method for the transitional zone of distal humeral shaft and metaphyseal fractures.

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