International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Case Studies | Orthopaedic Surgery | India | Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024 | Rating: 4.3 / 10

Iatrogenic Ulnar Nerve Injury After Surgical Fixation for Supracondylar Humerus Fracture in Children

Dr Kishore V | Dr Varshama Tharun | Dr Kodali Manvitha

Abstract: This case report examines the occurrence and management of iatrogenic ulnar nerve injury following surgical fixation of a supracondylar humerus fracture in a pediatric patient. Despite the rarity of such injuries, their incidence increases with crossed K - wire fixation. The report details a 7 - year - old boy who developed ulnar nerve dysfunction, presenting with claw hand and sensory deficits, one month post - surgery. Initial conservative treatment with K - wire removal failed, leading to surgical exploration which revealed nerve entrapment in fibrous tissue. Post - surgical outcomes showed significant improvement in sensory and motor functions. The discussion emphasizes the importance of minimizing medial pinning, using a mini - open approach when necessary, and the necessity for prompt identification and treatment of nerve injuries to prevent permanent damage.

Keywords: ulnar nerve injury, supracondylar humerus fracture, K - wire fixation, pediatric orthopedics, nerve entrapment

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024,

Pages: 1678 - 1680

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