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Nailing approaches for radius

Approaches to the radius for intramedullary nailing

Introduction

The correct nail entry point and so the chosen approach depends on the nail type used. The following entry points are used:

  1. On the ulnar side of the radial styloid, between the first and second extensor tendon compartments
  2. On the radial side of the Lister’s tubercle, between the second and third extensor tendon compartments

In the following, we shall describe the approach to the radial side of the Lister's tubercle (2). For other approaches, please refer to the manual of your chosen nail system.