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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 88-B, Issue 12 | Pages 1610 - 1612
1 Dec 2006
Al-Rashid M Theivendran K Craigen MAC

The use of volar locking compression plates for the treatment of fractures of the distal radius is becoming increasingly popular because of the stable biomechanical construct, less soft-tissue disturbance and early mobilisation of the wrist. A few studies have reported complications such as rupture of flexor tendons. We describe three cases of rupture of extensor tendons after the use of volar locking compression plates. We recommend extreme care when drilling and placing the distal radial screws to prevent damaging the extensor tendons.