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J Orthop Trauma. 1996;10(2):81-6.

Lateral approach to the humeral shaft: an alternative approach for fracture treatment.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


Indications for operative treatment of fractures of the shaft of the humerus have been well described. Anterolateral and posterior surgical approaches are generally preferred for fractures of the proximal/middle thirds and distal third of the humerus, respectively. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. We present an alternative, "lateral" approach to the humeral shaft. This approach allows supine positioning of the multiply injured patient and visualization of the radial nerve throughout the extent of the incision, and requires no muscle splitting.

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