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Rev Bras Ortop. 2015 Nov 16;45(1):12-6. doi: 10.1016/S2255-4971(15)30210-X. eCollection 2010 Jan.

HUMERAL SHAFT FRACTURES.

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1
Attending Physician in the Shoulder and Elbow Group, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, HC/FMUSP, São Paulo, Brazil.
2
Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Group, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, HC/FMUSP, São Paulo, Brazil.
3
Collaborating Attending Physician in the Shoulder and Elbow Group, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, HC/FMUSP, São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

Humeral shaft fractures (HSFs) represent 3% of the fractures of the locomotor apparatus, and the middle third of the shaft is the section most affected. In the majority of cases, it is treated using nonsurgical methods, but surgical indications in HSF cases are increasingly being adopted. The diversity of opinions makes it difficult to reach a consensus regarding the types of osteosynthesis, surgical technique and quantity and quality of synthesis materials that should be used. It would appear that specialists are far from reaching a consensus regarding the best method for surgical treatment of HSFs. We believe that less invasive methods, which favor relative stability, are the most appropriate methods, since the most feared complications are less frequent.

KEYWORDS:

Classification; Fractures fixation, internal; Humeral fractures; Orthopedic surgery; Treatment

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