Does open reduction and pinning affect outcome in severely displaced supracondylar humeral fractures in children? A systematic review

Juan Pretell-Mazzini, Juan Rodriguez-Martin, Eva María Andres-Esteban

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Supracondylar fracture of the humerus is the second most common fracture in children (16.6%) and the most common elbow fracture. These fractures are classified using the modified Gartland classification. Type III and type IV are considered to be totally displaced. A totally displaced fracture is one of the most difficult fractures to manage and may lead to proceeding to open procedures to achieve acceptable reductions. Many surgeons are concerned about its outcome compared to closed procedures. We therefore performed a systematic review of the literature to investigate the existing evidence regarding functional and radiological outcomes as well as postsurgical complications of primary open compared to primary closed reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalStrategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 15 2010



  • Anatomical reduction
  • Children
  • Closed reduction
  • Functional outcome
  • Open reduction
  • Supracondylar fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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