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Closed reduction and casting of distal forearm fractures in children

Paula Schweich, MD
Section Editor
Anne M Stack, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


Childhood forearm fractures are very common and typically occur after a fall on an outstretched hand. Closed reduction and casting provides definitive treatment for displaced Salter-Harris I or II, greenstick, and complete distal forearm fractures in children and is often accomplished under sedation in the emergency department. These reductions can be performed by appropriately trained personnel or orthopedic surgeons.

Fracture reduction and casting of distal forearm fractures in children will be reviewed here. The diagnosis, assessment, and management of distal forearm fractures in children, the care of pediatric proximal or midshaft forearm fractures, and the basic principles of casting are discussed separately:

(See "Distal forearm fractures in children: Diagnosis and assessment".)

(See "Distal forearm fractures in children: Initial management".)

(See "Midshaft forearm fractures in children".)

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