Randomized Trial of Casting Techniques for Displaced Forearm Fractures

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified July 2011 by Children's Hospital Boston.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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Children's Hospital Boston
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 15, 2009
Last updated: July 15, 2011
Last verified: July 2011

It is recognized that fractures of the distal radius and forearm occur in approximately one in 100 children and adolescents every year. Though closed manipulation and cast immobilization of displaced injuries is the mainstay of treatment in the majority of cases, the optimal type of cast remains debatable. Though well-molded casts theoretically provide the best ability to maintain fracture alignment, risks of circumferential immobilization in acute injuries include neurovascular compromise. Splitting, or bivalving, casts may reduce these risks, but the effect on fracture stability is unknown. The proposed investigation seeks to address the simple question of whether circumferential or bivalved casts provide the best outcomes.

Condition Intervention
Displaced Forearm Fractures
Other: Bivalved cast
Other: Circumferential cast

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Trial of Bivalved and Circumferential Casting for Displaced Forearm Fractures in Children

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Loss of radius fracture reduction [ Time Frame: 4 weeks post-randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Compartment syndrome or neurovascular compromise, Saw burns and/or lacerations [ Time Frame: 4 weeks post-randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 224
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Bivalved cast
Patients with a displaced distal radius or mid-diaphyseal forearm fracture requiring closed reduction will be immobilized in a bivalved cast
Other: Bivalved cast
Circumferential cast will be applied following closed reduction and then bivalved using a cast saw
Active Comparator: Circumferential cast
Patients with a displaced distal radius or mid-diaphyseal forearm fracture requiring closed reduction will be immobilized in a circumferential cast
Other: Circumferential cast
Circumferential cast will be applied following closed reduction


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 16 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Displaced distal radius or mid-diaphyseal forearm fracture
  • fracture requires closed reduction and cast immobilization
  • Age 4-16 years
  • Skeletally immature

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Failed closed reduction
  • Acute fracture > 1 week old
  • Refracture injury
  • Fracture requires surgical treatment
  • Significant soft tissue swelling
  • Associated neurovascular compromise
  • Plastic deformation injuries
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00823823

United States, Massachusetts
Childrens Hospital Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02125
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospital Boston
Principal Investigator: Donald Bae, MD Childrens Hospital Boston
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Donald Bae, MD, Children's Hospital, Boston
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00823823     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-09-0430
Study First Received: January 15, 2009
Last Updated: July 15, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Children's Hospital Boston:
Casting techniques
Bivalved cast
Circumferential cast
Displaced distal radius fracture

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 19, 2014