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how do you treat radial nerve injury with supracondylar fracture in children?

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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery 37 years experience
Radial Nerve: The presence of a wrist drop with a humeral fracture is most often due to a stretch injury or contusion of the nerve as it travels down the arm in the spiral groove. An extension wrist splint may be helpful to prevent a flexion contracture from the associated wrist drop. If there is an absence of improvement on exam and serial EMG testing, surgical exploration may need to be considered.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Waiting: Most nerve injuries related to supracondylar fractures recover with time and are related to stretch injuries at the time of injury.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for radial nerve injury with supracondylar fracture in children?

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Dr. Joe Wilkinson
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Observation: Then electrical studies of the nerve and possible exploration if it does not return in three months.

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