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Possible late complications include:

  • mal-union:
    • is common
    • the reduction may have been incomplete or displacement overlooked
    • disability may be minor but unsightly deformity may be more of a problem
    • surgical correction may be indicated

  • non-union of the ulnar styloid process

  • rupture of extensor pollicis longus:
    • due to either movement across a sharp edge of bone or if displacement is minimal, probably, ischaemia
    • usually treated by tendon transfer using one of the extensors of the index finger

  • stiffness:
    • from inadequate exercise and / or prolonged splintage
    • may affect the wrist or the shoulder

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