Summary: Lateral humeral condylar fractures are quite common in children. This article shows that varus deformity is a common sequela following such injuries. Twenty-four patients were studied, with a mean follow-up of 4.8 years. A loss of carrying angle, seen in 10 cases, occurred with comparable frequency in undisplaced (50%) and displaced (39%) fractures. The deformity was usually mild, averaging 10[degrees] in the undisplaced fractures and 9.6[degrees] in the displaced fractures treated with open reduction. We conclude that varus deformity is common in this injury, and occurs whether or not the fracture is displaced.
(C) Lippincott-Raven Publishers.