Serdar Koluaçık1, Özgür Yılmaz2, Okan Aslantürk3

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Malatya Training and Research Hospital, Malatya, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Fethi Sekin City Hospital, Elazığ, Turkey
3Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Inönü University Faculty of Medicine, Malatya, Turkey

Keywords: Forearm fracture, late diagnosis, pseudo-Volkmann, tendon entrapment


Flexor tendon entrapment (FTE) is a rare and usually lately diagnosed complication of pediatric forearm fractures. In this case report, we present a case of a neglected ring and little finger flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) entrapment after closed reduction of both bone forearm fracture and treated five years later due to late diagnosis. A 20-year-old man presented to outpatient clinic with flexion contracture of ring and little finger that occurred after both-bone forearm fracture treated with closed reduction and long arm cast five years ago. On his physical examination, flexion contracture of ring and index fingers was thought to be due to entrapment of tendons at the level of forearm and surgically released. Five years after surgical treatment for FTE, the patient had full range of motions at both fingers. He had no additional complaint. In conclusion, FTE is a rare complication after both bone forearm fractures. It should be kept in mind in the treatment of both bone forearm fractures. Surgical treatment of FTE in late cases is an effective procedure with excellent results.

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