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Clinical and functional results after floating shoulder injuries.
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PMID:  15454808     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Good results have been reported with both operative and nonoperative treatment of floating shoulder, and discussions about an appropriate therapy of this rare entity are controversial because of small numbers of patients. METHODS: Seventeen patients with a floating shoulder were retrospectively evaluated. The treatment was nonoperative in eight patients and operative in nine. All patients were clinically examined and standard shoulder radiographs were obtained at the time of follow-up. RESULTS: All fractures healed. Five patients in the nonoperative and five patients in the operative group showed good to excellent results. The associated injuries influence the outcome of these patients significantly. CONCLUSION: Nondisplaced or less displaced floating shoulders are expected to give good results after nonoperative treatment. If mostly heavy associated injuries allow it, significantly displaced fractures should be treated operatively.
Ludwig Labler; Andreas Platz; Dominik Weishaupt; Otmar Trentz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of trauma     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0022-5282     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-29     Completed Date:  2004-10-26     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376373     Medline TA:  J Trauma     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  595-602     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Cervical Vertebrae / injuries,  radiography
Clavicle / injuries*,  radiography
Fracture Fixation
Fractures, Bone / radiography,  surgery*
Injury Severity Score
Middle Aged
Neck Injuries / radiography,  surgery,  therapy*
Retrospective Studies
Scapula / injuries,  radiography
Shoulder / injuries*
Treatment Outcome

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