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Strategies Trauma Limb Reconstr. 2013 Apr;8(1):43-51. doi: 10.1007/s11751-013-0155-x. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

The management of complex periprosthetic humeral fractures: a case series of strut allograft augmentation, and a review of the literature.

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  • 1Rowley Bristow Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, St. Peter's Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 0PZ, UK,


There is little published discussion on the management of postoperative periprosthetic humeral fractures where rotator cuff function is poor, the bone stock is dwindling or both. This is a phenomenon increasingly seen in the older, more osteoporotic population and presents an interesting challenge especially in when faced with these patients with poor bone quality. We present the treatment of three fractures with the use of long-stem reverse geometry arthroplasty and other surgical techniques more commonly reserved for periprosthetic fractures of the proximal femur such as cortical strut allograft augmentation. We believe revision to reverse geometry long-stem implant with cortical strut allograft augmentation to be safe and appropriate in the management of these complex injuries, although technically challenging, and has excellent initial and medium-term results.

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