[Ultrasonic and radiographic quantification of palmar angulation in metacarpal IV and V neck fractures]

Hennecke, B; Kluge, S; Kreutziger, J; Jenzer, A; Vögelin, E (2011). [Ultrasonic and radiographic quantification of palmar angulation in metacarpal IV and V neck fractures]. Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, plastische Chirurgie, 43(1), pp. 39-45. Stuttgart: Thieme 10.1055/s-0030-1267974

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Therapy of metacarpal neck fractures depending on radiographically measured palmar angulation is discussed controversially in the literature. Some authors describe normal hand function of malunited metacarpal neck fractures with a palmar angulation up to 70°; others define 30° as the uppermost limit to maintain normal hand function. However, the methods of measuring palmar angulation are not clearly defined. Here, we present a new method to measure palmar angulation using ultrasound. The aim of this prospective study is to compare the radiographic methods of measuring palmar angulation with the ultrasound method. PATIENTS/MATERIAL AND METHOD: 20 patients with a neck fracture of the metacarpals IV or V were treated either conservatively or operatively. 2 weeks after trauma or operation, an x-ray was performed. 2 examiners measured the palmar angulation on the oblique and lateral projections using 2 different methods (medullary canal and dorsal cortex methods). At the same time, the 2 examiners performed measurements of palmar angulation using ultrasound. The measurements obtained with the different methods as well as by the 2 examiners at 2 different terms were compared. Intra- and interobserver reliability of each method was calculated, and for the ultrasound method a test for accuracy of the measured angles was performed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Plastic and Hand Surgery > Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Plastic and Hand Surgery > Hand Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Hennecke, Bernd and Vögelin, Esther

ISSN:

0722-1819

Publisher:

Thieme

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1055/s-0030-1267974

PubMed ID:

21161877

Web of Science ID:

000288978400008

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1289 (FactScience: 202645)

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