Orthopedics Book


Traumatic Bowing of the Forearm

Aka: Traumatic Bowing of the Forearm, Forearm Bowing
  1. Description
    1. Plastic deformation of radius and ulna
  2. Mechanism
    1. Fall on an outstretched hand
  3. Signs
    1. Bowing of ulna and radius or
    2. Fracture of one bone and bowing of the other
  4. Radiology
    1. Forearm XRay
      1. Bone with bowing shows no Fracture
  5. Management
    1. Young Children (under age 5 years old)
      1. Usually no reduction needed
    2. Older Children
      1. Angulation should be corrected
      2. Often necessitates general Anesthesia

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