Correction of extra-articular distal radius malunions using an anatomic radial plate

John Dunn*, Kevin Martin, Miguel A. Pirela-Cruz

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Malunion is a debilitating complication of a distal radius fracture. The malunion often requires a corrective osteotomy to restore the stability and joint congruity about the distal radius, a procedure which offers tremendous benefits in terms of pain, strength, and functionality. Here we describe a unique technique to address the malunion of an extra-articular distal radius fracture using a radial anatomic plate. This is a simple and reproducible method of fixation involving straightforward anatomy, which does not require excessive radiography, and which represents an excellent choice of fixation in the distal radius malunion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-168
Number of pages7
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • distal radius fracture
  • malunion
  • nonunion
  • osteotomy
  • radial plate
  • trauma


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