R. Mittal, M. A. Hafez and P. A. Templeton,
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Leeds General Infirmary, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK
Elastic nails are an established modality for treating forearm fractures in children. These nails are usually removed 69 months after surgery as refracture may occur in 10% of cases if the nails removed earlier. We report a case of refracture of the forearm bones with elastic nails in situ, 5 months after the original fractures. The fracture was angulated approximately 80° with the apex pointing anteriorly. Closed reduction was difficult and resulted in breakage of the ulnar nail. The authors describe the details and outline the management of this unreported complication.
Injury Volume 35, Issue 12 , December 2004, Pages 1319-1321.