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Wrist & Hand

Patient-reported outcomes after corrective osteotomy for a symptomatic malunion of the distal radius

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The primary aim of this study was to describe patient satisfaction and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) following corrective osteotomy for a symptomatic malunion of the distal radius.


We retrospectively identified 122 adult patients from a single centre over an eight-year period who had undergone corrective osteotomy for a symptomatic malunion of the distal radius. The primary long-term outcome was the Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) score. Secondary outcomes included the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH) score, the EQ-5D-5L score, complications, and the Net Promoter Score (NPS). Multivariate regression analysis was used to determine factors associated with the PRWE score.


Long-term outcomes were available for 89 patients (72%). The mean age was 57 years (SD 15) and 68 were female (76%). The median time from injury to corrective osteotomy was nine months (interquartile range (IQR) 6 to 13). At a mean follow-up of six years (1 to 11) the median PRWE score was 22 (IQR 7 to 40), the median QuickDASH score was 11.4 (IQR 2.3 to 31.8), and the median EQ-5D-5L score was 0.84 (IQR 0.69 to 1). The NPS was 69. Multivariate regression analysis showed that the presence of an associated ulnar styloid fracture was the only significant independent factor associated with a worse PRWE score when adjusting for confounding variables (p = 0.004).


We found that corrective osteotomy for malunion of the distal radius can result in good functional outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction. However, the presence of an ulnar styloid fracture may adversely affect function.

Level of Evidence: III (cohort study).

Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2020;102-B(11):1542–1548.

Correspondence should be sent to Andrew D. Duckworth. E-mail:

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