Wrist Fractures in Patients With Parkinson’s — Think Twice Before Operating

Complications and infections are more common in these patients than one might realize

What’s the Claim?

With a mean follow-up of less than a year, an eye-opening case series from the Mayo Clinic found that 30% of patients with Parkinson's disease who underwent surgery for a distal radius fracture had complications and/or reoperations, most of them happening shortly after the initial surgical procedure. Loss of reduction occurred in 17% of the patients, two patients had infections, and a total of 12 complications were observed in nine patients, in a series of only 30 wrists.

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