The Influence of Non-union of the Ulnar Styloid on Pain, Wrist Function and Instability after Distal Radius Fracture

Mathieu Wijffels, David Ring

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Abstract

The influence of non-union on the outcome of distal radius fractures is debated. We tested the null hypothesis that there is no difference in pain, wrist function, or instability between patients with union or non-union of an ulnar styloid base fracture after operative treatment of a fracture of the distal radius. Eighteen adults with an ulnar styloid base non-union were compared to 16 patients with union of an ulnar styloid base fracture with a mean post-operative follow-up of 30 months. None of the patients had distal radioulnar joint instability, there were no significant differences in pain, complications, or function, and patients with nonunion had significantly greater grip strength. Ulnar styloid nonunion is not associated with pain, instability, or diminished function after fracture of the distal radius.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand and Microsurgery
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

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