Complications of distal radius locking plates

Injury. 2013 Mar;44(3):336-9. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.01.008. Epub 2013 Jan 18.


Fixation of distal radius fractures via locking plates is an increasingly popular method. However, these plates include variety of complications, such as flexor and extensor tenosynovitis, tendon injury and intra articular screw or peg penetration. Although they offer superior stability and early mobility, if used improperly; they may cause serious complications related to the implant. Proper use of the implant with strict adherence to the fixation principles and close follow up of patients are very important in order to decrease the rate and severity of complications.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Plates / adverse effects*
  • Bone Screws
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / etiology
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / etiology
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / physiopathology*
  • Radius Fractures / physiopathology
  • Radius Fractures / surgery*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / physiopathology
  • Tenosynovitis / etiology
  • Tenosynovitis / physiopathology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Wounds, Penetrating / etiology
  • Wounds, Penetrating / physiopathology