Clinical and epidemiological assessment of supracondylar humeral fractures in children in Alhusain teaching hospital


  • Wahby Ghalib Shaty Lecturer, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Thiqar University


Supracondylar humeral fracture represents the commonest pediatric elbow fracture. It mostly occurs below the age of 10 years after simple fall on outstretched hand or on the elbow. The factors that contribute to its high frequency include weakness of the supracondylar area and the relative ligamentous laxity in children as well as the more liability to fall in this age group. It is a source of relatively high morbidity rate. Possible complications include neurovascular injury, compartment syndrome, joint stiffness and deformity. In this study we  to assessed multiple epidemiologic factors including the crude number of cases over the period of time of the study, the fracture type according to displacement and rate of each possible complication. We also followed cases prospectively documenting the modality of treatment offered, the healing time, the way of dealing with complications and their prognosis. The output results of the study help in standardizing the orthopaedic handling of this fracture in our locality. This includes the proper assessment of the size of the problem and its complications and the best way of dealing with it.


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