Surgical interventions for treating distal humeral fractures in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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There is insufficient evidence to determine whether surgery is, and which surgical interventions are, the most appropriate for the management of different types of distal humerus fractures.

Distal humeral fractures in adults are relatively uncommon injuries that require surgical intervention in most cases. There is a lack of consensus regarding the best management of distal humeral fractures in adults, including the role of conservative treatment, appropriate surgical approach, fixation strategies, the role of total elbow arthroplasty and handling of nerves such as the ulnar nerve. This review assessed the effects (benefits and harms) of surgical interventions for distal humeral fractures in adults.