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Exploration of Wrist Soft Tissue Injuries Associated With Wrist Fractures

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01145716
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 17, 2010
Last Update Posted : May 20, 2011
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Linkoeping University

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to describe and stage lesions of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) in association with distal radius fractures. 20 patients with dorsally dislocated AO type A fractures of the distal radius with sufficient displacement (based of cadaveric data) will be included. After stability testing and wrist arthroscopy. The TFCC is explored through a volar incision and injuries were documented and repaired from this approach.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injuries Procedure: Arthroscopy, surgery Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Exploration of Acute TFCC-injuries in Association With Distal Radius Fractures
Study Start Date : August 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Surgical exploration
Procedure: Arthroscopy, surgery
Ulno-volar wrist approach to the TFCC

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Residual instability symptoms [ Time Frame: Approx 2-6 months to include the patients that meet the inclusion criteria. They will be followed for 6 momths ]
    Mechanisms of injury are poorly previously described. This study will hopefully confirm cadeveric data. There is some evidence that patients might benefit from acute repair. Residual instability can be both ulnocarpal and radioulnar.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Adverse events [ Time Frame: Three months ]
    Patients that accept to participate will undergo exploration from a (new) ulnovolar approach. The study is purely descriptive. Patients are monitored for adverse events such as nerve injury and infection for 3 months.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-65
  • Distal radius fracture
  • Displacement > 20 degrees of dorsal angulation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous significant wrist injury
  • Declines to participate
  • Ulnar styloid fracture at base or proximal to it

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01145716

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Dept of orthopedics
Linkoeping, Sweden, 58185
Sponsors and Collaborators
Linkoeping University
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Principal Investigator: Lars E Adolfsson, Assoc prof Linkopeing University, Sweden
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Responsible Party: Johan Scheer MD, County Council of Ostergotland Identifier: NCT01145716    
Other Study ID Numbers: OC Linkoping TFCC volar expl
Dnr M200-08 Linkoping ( Other Identifier: Linkoeping University/County Council Ostergotland )
First Posted: June 17, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 20, 2011
Last Verified: November 2009
Keywords provided by Linkoeping University:
TFCC injuries
Distal radius fractures
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Wounds and Injuries