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MAURENTE, Mathias et al. Fracture of the distal end of the radius in children: epidemiological Study at the Pereira Rossell Hospital Center. Anfamed [online]. 2024, vol.11, n.1, e401.  Epub June 01, 2024. ISSN 2301-1254.


Fractures of the distal end of the radius in the immature skeleton. Epidemiological study at the Pereira Rossell Hospital Center.

Main objective:

To know the epidemiology of fractures of the distal fourth of the radius in the growing skeleton and the treatment carried out in the CHPR in the years 2017 and 2018.

Specific objectives:

To assess re-displacement, need for re-manipulation, complications, re- fracture.


Retrospective descriptive observational study.

Inclusion criteria:

patients aged 0 to 14 years with distal radius fracture (physeal, metaphyseal and suprametaphyseal) evaluated at the CHPR between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018.

Exclusion criteria:

patients with normal radiographs, fractures in limbs with malformations, bone infections, malignant or benign tumor pathology.

Data collection:

Assessment of fist and forearm X-rays performed at the CHPR in 2017 and 18, initial and evolutionary. The following were analyzed: age, sex, fracture date, fracture topography, initial displacement, treatment, radiographic evolution and complications.


662 patients were included. Being mostly male (65%), with an average of 9 years, right limb (61%), in the summer months (36%). Regarding the topography, a higher frequency was evidenced in rim and metaphyseal fractures (31.72% and 31.57%), followed by suprametaphyseal (18.43%) and physeal (18.28%). The treatment performed was orthopedic in 86.56% of the cases, while surgical was 12.84%, mostly with Kirschner wires (11.2%). The average immobilization time was 6 weeks, with a percentage of complications of 14.05%.


The characteristics of the patients and fractures of the distal radius in the CHPR in the years 2017 and 18 were evaluated, with a total of 662 fractures (0.9 per day), in which the majority underwent orthopedic treatment with an index of complications that is around 14%, being greater the greater the initial displacement of the fracture.

Keywords : radius fracture; distal radius; distal radius fracture epidemiology.

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