Executive Editor: Fergal Monsell

General Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Andrew Howard, Theddy Slongo

Pediatric distal humerus 13-M/3.1 I

General considerations

Incomplete, undisplaced supracondylar fractures are common and easily treated with protective immobilization.

If the fracture line is apparent on the radiographs at the time of injury, the child can be treated with 2-3 weeks of protective immobilization.

If the fracture is not visible on the initial radiographs, but is suspected after clinical examination, then removal of protective immobilization, followed by x-ray examination, is typically performed after one week to confirm or refute the diagnosis.

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