Distal Humeral Fractures in Adults
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Distal humeral fractures in adults are relatively uncommon injuries that require operative intervention in the majority of cases. Dual plate fixation, with placement of a separate strong plate on each column and orientation of the plates either at 90° or 180° to each other, is indicated for all adult fractures involving both columns of the distal part of the humerus. Acute total elbow arthroplasty is the preferred treatment for elderly patients with a displaced, comminuted, intra-articular distal humeral fracture that is not amenable to stable internal fixation. Displaced coronal shear fractures of the distal humeral articular surface require operative fixation, most typically via a lateral approach.
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