The Galeazzi fracture is a fracture of the distal third of the radius with dislocation of the distal radioulnar joint. It classically involves an isolated fracture of the. However, there is an anatomic pathological variant of Galeazzi lesion. It is a fracture of the shaft of the radius, which associates diaphyseal. Unstable Fracture-Dislocations of the ForearmThe Monteggia and Galeazzi Lesions. Frederick W. Reckling, MD; Larry D. Cordell, MD. Arch Surg.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. L7 – years in practice. What other anatomic structure is most commonly injured with this fracture?

[Galeazzi lesion in children and adults: the undiagnosed lesion].

Thank you for rating! Therefore, the main objective of our retrospective study was to analyze the incidence of Galeazzi fractures in children with a dislocated fracture of the forearm and to report the percentage of misdiagnosed Galeazzi fractures in this group of patients. In cases of distal forearm fractures, a possible Galeazzi lesion should be considered. The gold standard of conservative treatment in children is above-elbow casting in supination [ 15 ].

Children and adolescents frequently present to emergency departments with fractures of the forearm [ 17 ]. Ann Acad Med Singapore. Orthopedic pitfalls in the ED: In adults, Galeazzi fractures usually require operative treatment. About one week back patient again presented with broken implant and non union What should be further treatment plan.

Galeazzi Lesions in Children and Adolescents: Treatment and Outcome

The objective of this retrospectively designed study was to describe all Galeazzi lesions treated at our department during a 3-year period. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. After the injury, the fracture is subject to deforming forces including those of the brachioradialispronator quadratusand thumb extensors, as well as the weight of the hand. However, proper reduction of the radius with concomitant reduction of the distal radioulnar joint and cast immobilization provides good to excellent outcome even if the Galeazzi lesion is primarily not recognized.

The only published report focusing on Galeazzi fractures in children shows the outcome in children treated with a below-elbow cast is worse compared with the group treated with above-elbow casting [ 19 ]. Perform closed reduction of the radius, then immobilize the forearm in a long arm cast in supination. Numerous authors stated a considerable rate of secondary displacements and nonunions may result in case of conservative treatment [ 7101316 ].


Monteggia, Galeazzi and Essex-Lopresti lesions. According to the guidelines of the local ethics committee, informed written consent was not required for this retrospective study.

Create a personal account to register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles. At admission, information was obtained regarding the mechanism of injury. Proper reduction of the radius with subsequent reduction of the ulna in the DRUJ and cast immobilization provide good to excellent outcomes even if the Galeazzi lesion is primarily underdiagnosed. Reduction of these fracture-dislocations must be accurate and must be maintained until healing is complete, or there will be encroachment on the interosseous membranes.

Perform open reduction and internal fixation of the radius, then assess the distal radioulnar joint for instability, and percutaneously fix the distal radioulnar joint if instability persists. Other limitations of our study are the retrospective design and the relatively small number of patients. Fractures in children are different from adult-type fractures.

L8 – 10 years in practice. Galeazzi fracture resulting from electrical shock. Standard treatment in adults consists of operative intervention with plate fixation and in some cases temporary transfixation of the DRUJ using Kirschner wires [ 2 ed, 59 ]. In the remaining two cases, dorsal plate fixation of the radius was required.

Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. The result using the Gartland-Werley score was excellent in 23 cases and good in three cases. Localization of these fractures and displacement of the ulna were recorded. Introduction Children and adolescents frequently present to emergency departments with fractures of the forearm [ 17 ].

Malunion of the radius, subluxation in the radioulnar joint with resulting overgrowth, injury to the ulnar nerve, or limited range of motion for pronation and supination, which represent common complications of Galeazzi fractures [ 16 ], were not found in our study group.

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Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account. Our data confirm these findings with all of the fractures being located in the distal third of the radius.

Author information Article notes Copyright galezzzi License information Disclaimer. A year-old girl sustained a refracture of the radius and an additional fracture and dislocation of the ulna.

Minimally displaced fractures were reduced using conscious sedation at the outpatient department and the patients were excluded from the study. Galeazzi fractures are best treated with open reduction of the radius and the distal radio-ulnar joint.

Galeazzi fracture

Published online Apr Additionally, there is lack of information regarding how the initial misdiagnosis of a Galeazzi lesion influences treatment and outcome in the pediatric population. However, if a Galeazzi lesion was identified at first attendance, all surgeons decided to use above-elbow casts glaeazzi immobilization according to the recommended guidelines [ 1 ].

Avulsion fracture Chalkstick galeazzk Greenstick fracture Open fracture Pathologic fracture Spiral fracture. However, we could not find studies of soft tissue imaging of the acute posttraumatic anatomy of the DRUJ to identify or exclude ligamental injury. However, the surgeon is unable to reduce the distal radioulnar joint. Pain and soft-tissue swelling are present at the distal-third radial fracture site and at the wrist joint. Long-term instability of the DRUJ after Galeazzi lesions was not observed in our series of pediatric patients.

Each gaaleazzi certifies that his or her institution either has waived or does not require approval for the human protocol for this investigation and that all investigations were conducted in conformity with ethical principles of research.

Symptoms pain, swelling, galeazxi Physical exam point tenderness over fracture site ROM test forearm supination and pronation for instability DRUJ stress causes wrist or midline forearm pain. Unstable fracture-dislocations of the forearm Monteggia and Galeazzi lesions.

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