Surgical versus non-surgical interventions for treating humeral shaft fractures in adults

Added April 9, 2013

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There is no evidence available from randomised controlled trials to ascertain whether surgical intervention of humeral shaft fractures gives a better or worse outcome than no surgery.

Fractures of the shaft of the humerus account for 1% to 3% of all fractures in adults. The management of these fractures, including surgical and non-surgical interventions, varies widely. This review assesses and compare the effects of surgical versus non-surgical intervention for non-pathological fractures of the humeral shaft in adults.