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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 323-332

Surgical management of Mason type III radial head fractures

Department of Orthopaedic, The Northern Hospital, 185 Cooper St, Epping, Victoria, 3076, Australia

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Ali Humadi
Department of Orthopaedic, The Northern Hospital, 185 Cooper St, Epping, Victoria
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.114907

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The evidence for optimal management of Mason type III fracture of radial head is unclear hence a systematic review of the published literature was performed in April 2012. This review includes 5 prospective studies (including 2 randomized trials), 4 retrospective studies and 9 case series. No study can be interpreted as level 1 evidence. Level 2 and 3 evidence provides some insight into the success of each modality through subjective and objective measurements of function and complication rates. Radial head replacement, open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) and radial head resection all provide satisfactory outcomes for patients in most cases. One treatment modality cannot be recommended over any other due to the small number of clinical trials and cases included in each study. Further randomized control trials are needed to evaluate the full benefits and shortcomings of each of the different surgical treatment modalities.

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