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The Flexion-Type Supracondylar Humeral Fracture in Children

A Review

Sharma, Anmol, MBBS, MS1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.18.00114
Review Articles

  • » A flexion supracondylar fracture of the humerus is an uncommon fracture in children and accounts for only 1% to 10% of all supracondylar fractures.
  • » The injury is caused by a direct fall on the point of the elbow, causing hyperflexion at the elbow, rather than by a fall on an outstretched hand, which is the mechanism in an extension-type fracture.
  • » The ulnar nerve is at higher risk of injury in this fracture by the spike of the proximal fragment or by entrapment in the callus.
  • » This fracture is inherently unstable, leading to difficulty in maintaining reduction intraoperatively and difficult Kirschner wiring in the extension position in which the reduction is achieved.
  • » Kirschner wiring can be done in a flexed position of the elbow by utilizing a push-pull method, a temporary transolecranon pin, or a Kirschner wire as a joystick in the distal fragment to achieve and maintain reduction before the insertion of the final pins.

1Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India

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Investigation performed at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India

Disclosure: There was no source of external funding for this study. The Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest form is provided with the online version of the article (

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