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Biodegradable pin fixation of elbow fractures in children. A randomised trial.

A prospective randomised clinical trial was undertaken to compare biodegradable polyglycolic acid pins with standard Kirschner wires used to fix displaced elbow fractures in children. Twenty-four children were enrolled in the trial; 14 had fractures of the lateral condyle of the humerus, eight of the medial epicondyle and two had olecranon fractures. Eleven fractures were fixed with Kirschner wires and 13 with polyglycolic acid pins. Fracture union with full function occurred in all cases within six months. Kirschner wires caused problems including infection in three cases, soft-tissue ossification in one and they required removal under general anaesthesia in nine cases. No such complications occurred with polyglycolic acid pins but one patient in this group developed avascular necrosis and premature fusion of the medial epicondyle.[1]


  1. Biodegradable pin fixation of elbow fractures in children. A randomised trial. Hope, P.G., Williamson, D.M., Coates, C.J., Cole, W.G. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume. (1991) [Pubmed]
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