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J Chin Med Assoc. 2019 Apr;82(4):318-321. doi: 10.1097/JCMA.0000000000000049.

Displaced isolated greater tuberosity fractures of elder adults treated with plate osteosynthesis.

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1
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.
2
Department of Nursing, National Yang-Ming University and Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We elucidated the effect of open reduction and internal fixation with locking plate for acute isolated displaced greater tuberosity fractures of humerus in elder adults (aged >60 years).

METHODS:

From 2009 to 2015, data from 32 patients, aged between 60 and 88 years, who had acute unilaterally displaced greater tuberosity fractures of humerus were collected and evaluated retrospectively. All the fractures were managed with open reduction and internal fixation with locking plate. The follow-up period was 50.8 months on an average (range 22-80 months). Finally, 25 patients were available for final evaluation of radiographic and functional results.

RESULTS:

All the 32 fractures had union with the average union time of 14 weeks (range 10-18 weeks) and with no complications. The average of preoperative Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) was 6.2 (range 4-8), ASES was 30.4 (range 13-45), and Constant score was 30.4 (range 20-45). At the last follow-up, the mean VAS was 1.3 (range 0-2.5), the mean ASES score was 90.1 (range 72-100), and the mean Constant score was 90.3 (range 80-100). There were statistically significant differences between preoperative and final follow-up in VAS, ASES, and Constant score. Hundred percent of patients had good or excellent results by Constant score, with excellent results (86-100) in 17 (68%) patients and good result (71-85) in 8 (32%).

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, open reduction and internal fixation with locking plate is an effective treatment for acute displaced greater tuberosity fractures of humerus in elder adults.

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