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Stabilization and treatment of Colles’ fractures in elderly patients

Authors William G Blakeney

Published Date November 2010 Volume 2010:5 Pages 337—344

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S10042

Published 18 November 2010

William G Blakeney
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA, Australia

Abstract: Colles’ fractures (fractures of the distal radius) are extremely common in the elderly. These fractures tend to result in displacement in elderly people because they have osteoporotic bone. Fracture displacement in the elderly, however, does not necessarily result in functional impairment. This review looks at the current literature on distal radius fractures in the elderly and the treatment options for stabilization of these fractures. These include conservative management with cast immobilization or surgical options: internal fixation, external fixation, percutaneous pinning, and bone substitutes.

Keywords: Colles’ fracture, distal radius, elderly, osteoporosis, treatment

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