AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 10 (October)

Fracture and/or Dislocation - Distal Radius (October 2007)

October 2007 pages 7-10 Coding Communication:Fracture and/or Dislocation - Distal Radius Fractures of the distal radius are the most common fractures of the upper extremity and account for 17% of all fractures treated in the emergency department. Wrist injuries represent 14% of all extremity injuries, and fractures of the distal radius (with or without an associated fracture of the ulna) account for approximately 75% of forearm fractures. Historically, open reduction and internal fixation of distal radius fractures was introduced in the late 1960s. Since the 1990s, this has become the dominant surgical treatment method for distal radial fractures. In...

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