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OTA 2019: Reduced imaging after ankle fractures cost-effective with no change in functional outcomes

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November 2019

OTA 2019: Reduced imaging after ankle fractures cost-effective with no change in functional outcomes

Vol: 8| Issue: 11| Number:13| ISSN#: 2564-2537
Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Is Routine Radiography in the Follow-up of Trauma Patients with Ankle Fractures (Cost) Effective?

Contributing Authors:
P van Gerven P Krijnen WP Zuidema M El Moumni S Rubinstein Maurits van Tulder I Schipper MF Termaat

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Synopsis

Ankle fractures are one of the most common injuries treated by orthopaedic surgeons. No globally accepted algorithm exists for post-injury imaging. It is unclear whether routine x-rays change management or simply present an extra expense. The authors randomized 247 patients to routine care (X-rays at 1, 2, 6, and 12 weeks) versus a reduced-imaging protocol (radiographs at 6 and 12 weeks only perfo...

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