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Orthop Clin North Am. 2002 Jan;33(1):1-18, vii.

Scapula fractures.

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Department of Orthopedics, University of Minnesota, Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.


Scapula fractures are relatively rare fractures which are typically a result of high energy trauma. Associated multisystemic injuries, therefore, occur with a high frequency. The management of scapula fractures has historically been nonoperative, perhaps in part due to the paucity of information regarding outcomes, combined with a relative unfamiliarity with treating these injuries. It is likely, however, that intraarticular fractures, and certain other highly displaced variants, have a better outcome when treated operatively. A well-conceived diagnostic work-up and a properly executed plan of rehabilitation are requisite.

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