Acute Management of Trimalleolar Fracture
trimalleolar fracture, ankle fractures, wounds and injuries
Emergency Medicine | Orthopedics
Extremity trauma is a common emergency department presentation. The authors report a case of an elderly woman who sustained a trimalleolar ankle fracture. Emergency department care includes stabilization of the fracture with a splint, with careful assessment of neurovascular status. Trimalleolar fractures are unstable and thus almost always will require surgical repair. This is true even for elderly patients and those with co-morbidities. Patients who do not get a surgical repair for these fractures are at risk for significant morbidity, including compartment syndrome, arthritis, malunion, and loss of mobility.
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Stead TS, Pomerantz LH, Ganti L, et al. Acute Management of Trimalleolar Fracture. Cureus. 2021 Jan;13(1):e12536. doi:10.7759/cureus.12536