Lateral Condylar Humerus Fractures: Which Ones Should We Fix?

Song, Kwan Soon MD*; Waters, Peter M. MD*,†

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: June 2012 - Volume 32 - Issue - p S5–S9
doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e318257642a
Trauma Supplement

Lateral condyle fractures of the distal humerus are problematic whether displaced early or late. Operative intervention with closed reduction and percutaneous pinning or open reduction internal fixation are indicated for a malaligned articular surface and/or an unstable fracture. Intraoperative arthrograms can aid the surgeon in assessing joint reduction.

Level of Evidence: Case report.

*Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

None of the authors received any financial support pertaining to the completion of this study and none have any potential conflict of interest with this study.

Reprints: Peter M. Waters, MD, Department of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Program, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. E-mail: peter.waters@childrens.harvard.edu.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.