The treatment of fractures of the proximal humerus

Arch Orthop Trauma Surg (1978). 1980;96(4):283-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00432866.


Fractures of the proximal humerus, which can not be kept in place after reposition--and therefore not acceptable for conservative treatment--can be sufficiently fixed by a thin and long Rush-pin percutaneously introduced. So the damaged arm can be moved early. No inflammation and no pseudarthrosis was observed in 124 cases. The follow up examination of 98 patients after 6 to 12 months revealed good results. In 4 children the fractured neck of the humerus could not be reposed into a proper position (Interposition of periosteum and joint capsule). After open reduction fixation was performed by Kirschner's wires. We observed fast and complete healing in all cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aged
  • Bone Nails
  • Child
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / methods*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Radiography
  • Shoulder Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Shoulder Fractures / surgery*