Correlation between functional and radiological outcome after surgical stabilization of volar Barton fracture with plating: a comparative study

Vikram Goud, Manoj Kanamarlapudi


Background: The objective of the study was to evaluate the functional and radiological outcomes after open reduction with internal fixation of volar Barton’s fracture of the wrist and compare their outcomes.

Methods: Total of 30 cases of volar Barton fractures were operated by open reduction and internal fixation with plating. Mean follow up period was 6 months. Patients were assessed both radiological and functional outcome and compare between the two outcomes.

Results: All fractures were healed in a mean period of 7 weeks (range 6-9 weeks). The mean disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) score was 13.21 points (range: 10.3 to 30), thus confirming the patient’s good functional capacity. The higher the DASH score was (i.e. the worse the functional result), the smaller were the flexion (p=0.01), pronation (p=0.03), supination (p<0.0001) and radial deviation (p=0.005) of the wrist that underwent the surgical procedure after the fracture of the distal extremity of the radius. The radiological results were evaluated by modified Lidstrom criteria.

Conclusions: The radiographic results did not influence the DASH score. There was no statistical relationship between the DASH score and the radial height or the volar tilt or the radial tilt of the distal extremity of the operated radius.


Volar Barton fracture, Plating, Functional outcome, Radiological outcome

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