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Open reduction and internal fixation of humeral shaft fractures. Results using AO plating techniques.
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PMID:  3949838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Thirty-six patients with an acute fracture of the humeral shaft were treated by open reduction and internal fixation using AO plating techniques. In thirty-two patients an open fracture or multiple injuries, or both, were the indications for internal fixation. Four patients were treated after non-operative treatment failed to maintain a satisfactory reduction. Follow-up was possible for thirty-four patients and showed that thirty-three fractures united primarily and one failed to unite, necessitating two subsequent procedures. Two superficial wound infections in patients with an open fracture and one transient postoperative radial-nerve palsy were the only complications. A functional range of motion in the elbow and shoulder was regained in all but six patients, and they had severe skeletal or soft-tissue injuries in the same extremity. When indicated, internal fixation using plating techniques can give good results provided the correct principles of fixation are carefully followed.
R Vander Griend; J Tomasin; E F Ward
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0021-9355     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bone Joint Surg Am     Publication Date:  1986 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-04-23     Completed Date:  1986-04-23     Revised Date:  2010-10-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014030     Medline TA:  J Bone Joint Surg Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  430-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bone Plates*
Bone Screws
Follow-Up Studies
Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods*
Fractures, Open / surgery*
Humeral Fractures / surgery*
Middle Aged
Wounds, Gunshot / surgery

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