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Drawbacks of traction-absorbing wiring (TAW) in displaced fractures of the olecranon were observed in 29 out of 55 consecutive patients. Sliding of the K wires, with resulting skin troubles in 24 patients (10 patients with perforation of the skin), required premature removal of the implant. Minor operative modifications in the TAW technique are suggested in order to avoid these drawbacks.
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Accepted: September 10, 1985
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