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Bicondylar intraarticular fractures of the distal humerus in adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8519119     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Bicondylar intraarticular fractures of the distal humerus, because of their rarity and often associated significant displacement, comminution, and osteopenia, present the orthopedist with a difficult injury to reliably treat successfully. As with any displaced intraarticular fracture, the principles of anatomic restoration of the articular surface, stable fixation, and early motion are the optimal treatment goals. To obtain reproducible results, an established treatment protocol is required and is described in detail here. The average excellent-to-good results with surgical treatment for Type C fractures ("T" or "Y" bicondylar fractures) is 75% (range, 65-100%). Complications include heterotopic ossification (4%), infection (4%), ulnar nerve palsy (7%), failure of fixation (5%), and non-union (2%).
D L Helfet; G J Schmeling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical orthopaedics and related research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0009-921X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res.     Publication Date:  1993 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-07-29     Completed Date:  1993-07-29     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0075674     Medline TA:  Clin Orthop Relat Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  26-36     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, University of South Florida.
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MeSH Terms
Bone Plates
Elbow Joint / injuries*,  radiography
Fracture Fixation, Internal / adverse effects,  methods*
Humeral Fractures / classification,  radiography,  surgery*
Treatment Outcome

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