Plating of Humeral Shaft Fractures in Multiple Trauma Patients. (HUMERUS)
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The purpose of this study is to review our experience with the operative management of acute diaphyseal fractures of the humerus via an anterolateral approach with the use of small fragment fixation at a Level I, urban, trauma center. We will report our clinical and radiographic results, complication rate and final range of motion. A standardized outcome measurement (DASH) will be reported. Muscle recovery of the triceps and biceps will be evaluated by a standard protocol, accomplished with the assistance of a licensed physical therapist. We hypothesize that open reduction and internal fixation of humeral diaphyseal fractures via an antero-lateral approach with the use of small fragment fixation is a safe and efficacious way to treat multiple trauma patients with these injuries.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Patients treated by our practice for diaphyseal fracture of the humerus after multiple trauma.
age > 18 years
patients with past (acute) traumatic humeral shaft fracture(s) treated with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF)
patients for whom the above fracture has healed
patients willing and able to provide informed consent and able to participate in study procedures
patients with known pathological fractures
patients with metabolic bone disease
patients with humeral head or inter-articular surface fractures, or other upper extremity fractures
patients with previous humeral surgery (i.e. rotator cuff, biceps tendon, etc.)
patients with neurologic injury to upper extremities