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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1988 Nov;70(5):821-4.

Transcutaneous reduction and external fixation of displaced fractures of the proximal humerus. A controlled clinical trial.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery U, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.


A consecutive series of 31 displaced fractures of the proximal humerus were randomly selected for treatment either by closed manipulation or by transcutaneous reduction and external fixation. Follow-up assessed the quality of reduction and healing as well as the functional outcome. The external fixation method gave better reduction, safer healing and superior function.

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