Functional And Neurological Outcomes Of Closed Reduction And Percutaneous Pinning In Pediatric Monteggia Fracture

  • Govinda Pradhan General Practice and Emergency Medicine Department, UMHT Tansen, Palpa.


Introduction: The aim of this study was to assess the neurological and functional recovery of children with Monteggia fracture following closed reduction and percutaneous pinning.

Methods: It was a descriptive observational study, patients aged from 3 to 15 years with Monteggia fractures are taken in to consideration during the period between 2074/02/01 and 2074/7/30. Participants were selected on the basis of pre-determined inclusion/exclusion criteria. A total of 33 patients were included in the study. The demographics and pre- and post-operative outcomes were recorded in semi-structured proforma. Data entry, synthesis and descriptive analysis were done using MS EXCEL and SPSS version 16.0.

Results: Total of 33 patients met the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The mean age was 8.21±3.4 years, with sex ratio (m: f) of 1.75: 1. Majority of the patients (57.58%) injured their left elbow and the most common mechanism of injury was fall while playing (36.36%). According to modified classification system for children, 60.61% had class C and 39.39% had class B Monteggia fracture. Five patients (15.15%) presented with PIN injury. All patients were treated with closed reduction and percutaneous pinning (IM RUSH nail) within 2.27±1.30 days after injury. The average duration of surgery was 62.42±23.55 minutes. The average duration of fracture healing was 5.39±1.6 weeks. Jupiter’s criteria for the evaluation of elbow function was used and at the time of cast removal, 6 (18.18%) had excellent, 10 (30.30%) had good, 13 (39.39%) had fair and 4 (12.13%) had poor functional recovery.

Conclusions: This study concludes that most of the pediatric Monteggia fractures (class B and C) can be treated with closed reduction and percutaneous intramedullary nailing using RUSH pins. This technique has very good functional and neurological outcomes with fewer complications.

Keywords: children; functional recovery; Intra-medullary nailing; jupiter’s criteria; Monteggia fractures.