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Non-union in fractures of the humeral shaft.

Authors
  • Loomer, R
  • Kokan, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Injury
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
May 01, 1976
Volume
7
Issue
4
Pages
274–278
Identifiers
PMID: 1278988
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Twenty-nine patients with non-union of the humeral shaft, who were treated in 3 major Vancouver hospitals, were studied. Reasons for non-union, effectiveness of various treatment methods, and complications are discussed. Fractures occurring in the middle third of the humeral shaft, comminuted or open fractures and those treated early by open reduction, are more prone to non-union. Nearly 50% of the patients with non-union were chronic alcoholics. Compression plating with cancellous bone grafting gave the best rate of healing. However, both early and late operative treatment gave a relatively high complication rate.

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