Nonunion developed in 10.4% of proximal humeral fractures after nonoperative treatment

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Sumary of Nonunion developed in 10.4% of proximal humeral fractures after nonoperative treatment:

  • However, recent prospective studies have called into question the clinical benefit of operative over conservative management..
  • Pinpointing which specific fractures will heal or result in good clinical outcomes remains exceedingly difficult..
  • While this study does not examine clinical outcomes, it focuses on the more objective measure of fracture nonunion, which have predictably poor clinical results..
  • The main findings were that decreasing head-shaft angle, increasing head-shaft translation and smoking were independently predictive of nonunion and that nonunion risk was further increased when multiple of these factors were present….

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