fracture of humerus


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FRACTURE OF THE HUMERUS: Radiographic image of a fracture of the humerus (COURTESY of W. Robert Strauss, Jr.)

fracture of humerus

Disruption of the bony cortex of the upper arm. If the fracture is of the upper end of the humerus, the arm is abducted and splinted for about 4 weeks. Movements of the elbow and wrist are started early, and active movements of the shoulder are begun in about 3 weeks. See: illustration; acromiohumeral; capitellum; cubitus; glenoid cavity

In a fracture of the shaft and lower end of the humerus, the limb is put in a cast in a position midway between pronation and supination with the humerus at right angles to the forearm. Movement of the shoulder, wrist, and finger is allowed.

See also: fracture
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Open reduction and internal fixation for fracture of humerus in adults is always better than conservative management.
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The Supracondylar fracture of humerus demand great respect in treatment because if it is not treated properly it may give rise to serious complications such as Volkmann's ischemic contracture, Neurovascular injury, Myositis ossificans, Stiffness of elbow and Malunion.