Humeral shaft fractures

Chris Little

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Humeral shaft fractures

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Deformity is well tolerated

Anterior approach for proximal shaft, but avoid damaging the axillary nerve

Nerve lesions which do not recover within three weeks should be investigated with nerve conduction studies

Most isolated fractures treated non-operatively

Floating elbow, multiple injuries, open or pathological fractures consider fixation

Open plating and nailing both give good results.

Chapter.  3013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Surgical Skills

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