External fixation of Smith's fracture. 16 patients followed for 2 years.
ABSTRACT External fixation of 16 Smith's fractures was evaluated after 22 (6-42) months. In 15 patients, the radiographic results were satisfactory. There was a definite correlation between the radiographic and clinical end results. However, 6 patients had residual signs of an upper limb dystrophy. Although external fixation of Smith's fractures results in good function, this method should be used with caution because it cannot prevent reflex dystrophy; indeed, it may even initiate it.