Minimal invasive ostheosintesis for treatment of diaphiseal transverse humeral shaft fractures

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Zogaib, Rodrigo Kallás
Morgan, Steven
Belangero, Paulo Santoro
Fernandes, Hélio Jorge Alvachian
Belangero, William Dias
Livani, Bruno
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OBJECTIVE:To evaluate patients with transverse fractures of the shaft of the humerus treated with indirect reduction and internal fixation with plate and screws through minimally invasive technique.METHODS:Inclusion criteria were adult patients with transverse diaphyseal fractures of the humerus closed, isolated or not occurring within 15 days of the initial trauma. Exclusion criteria were patients with compound fractures.RESULTS:In two patients, proximal screw loosening occurred, however, the fractures consolidated in the same mean time as the rest of the series. Consolidation with up to 5 degrees of varus occurred in five cases and extension deficit was observed in the patient with olecranon fracture treated with tension band, which was not considered as a complication. There was no recurrence of infection or iatrogenic radial nerve injury.CONCLUSION:It can be concluded that minimally invasive osteosynthesis with bridge plate can be considered a safe and effective option for the treatment of transverse fractures of the humeral shaft.Level of Evidence III, Therapeutic Study.
Acta Ortopédica Brasileira. Sociedade Brasileira de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, v. 22, n. 2, p. 94-98, 2014.