Flexion supracondylar fracture
Flexion supracondylar humeral fractures account for only 2-4% of all supracondylar fractures 1. Unlike the much more common extension supracondylar fracture which are seen in children, flexion fractures are seen in older patients. They are usually the result of a fall directly onto a flexed elbow.
These fractures require open reduction and pin fixation. Care must be taken to identify and mobilise the ulnar nerve, lest it become trapped in the fracture 2.
- 1. Baker CL, Plancher KD. Operative Treatment of Elbow Injuries. Springer Verlag. (2002) ISBN:0387989056. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 2. Beaty JH, Rockwood CA, Kasser JR. Rockwood and Wilkins' fractures in children. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2009) ISBN:1582557845. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon