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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Absorbable screw internal fixation is an ideal treatment for humeral lateral condyle fracture in children.

OBJECTIVE:

To summarize research advances in absorbable screw implantation for humeral supracondylar fracture in children.

METHODS:

A computer-based online search of Wanfang, VIP and PubMed database was performed for articles related to absorbable screw internal fixation for humeral supracondylar fracture in children, published between January 2000 and August 2011 with key words “absorbable screw, internal fixation, children, humeral supracondylar fracture” in Chinese and English. A total of 79 articles were selected and 20 were included.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Open reduction and internal fixation have been clinically used to treat humeral supracondylar fracture in children. And crossing Kirschner wire has been extensively used in the internal fixation. With developing internal fixation materials, absorbable screws exhibit advantages as internal fixtor. Absorbable screw has tenacity and precise fixation and compression effects, allowing pressure to the broken ends and tight end-to-end anastomosis for the fracture. Moreover, the blood supply of fracture site rapidly recovers following screw implantation, which reduces duration for clinical healing. Moreover, absorbable screw for humeral supracondylar fracture in children is simple and reliable in effects. It tightly fixes the fractured ends, shortens healing duration, with precise treatment effects. Therefore, it is a good option for internal fixation of humeral supracondylar fracture in children.

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