Published online Apr 18, 2013. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v4.i2.80
Revised: April 8, 2013
Accepted: April 9, 2013
Published online: April 18, 2013
Core tip: To investigate several complications like persistent radial head dislocation, forearm deformity, elbow stiffness and nerve palsies, associated with radial head fractures. An analysis of clinical records revealed 1047 patients suffering from fractures of the radial head or neck classified according to Mason. Non-operative treatment was performed in 90.4% (n = 947) of the cases, surgery in 9.6% (n = 100). Full satisfaction was achieved in 59% (n = 615) of the patients. A gender related significant difference (P = 0.035) in Mason type distribution-type III fractures were more prominent in male patients vs type IV fractures in female patients-was observed in our study population.