Secondary forearm deformity due to injury to the distal ulnar physis.

Published online: Sep 27 1995

F Collado-Torres, P Zamora-Navas, and F de la Torre-Solis.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital General Básico de la Axarquía, Vélez-Málaga, Spain.


We present a case of deformity of the forearm with painful functional limitation, after a fracture of the distal third of the radius associated with a nonapparent lesion of the distal physis of the ulna, Salter-Harris type V, suffered by a patient 6 years earlier. This fracture caused premature growth arrest in the bone. It was treated with a plane-oblique corrective osteotomy in the radius together with distal radio-ulnar arthrodesis, following the Sauvé-Kapandji technique, with excellent cosmetic and functional results.