Fracture of dynamic compression plate

Case contributed by Dr Balint Botz

Presentation

Recently sustained diaphyseal fractures of the left radius and ulna which were managed surgically with dynamic compression plates. Sustained a fall onto the outstretched arm again, resulting in apparent deformity of the limb.

Patient Data

Age: 16 years

The dynamic compression plate stabilizing the fracture of the radius is broken with resultant ventral angulation. 

Case Discussion

Mechanical failure of dynamic compression plates is uncommon, but can occur if excessive shear stress is applied to the long bones stabilized by them. 

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Case information

rID: 71854
Published: 8th Nov 2019
Last edited: 8th Nov 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: University of Pécs

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