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Shoulder/Proximal Humerus Fracture

Basics Description The proximal humerus consists of the articular surface of the shoulder joint and the attachments of the rotator cuff to the greater and lesser tuberosities. Most of the blood supply to the humeral head comes from the anterior humeral circumflex branch of the axillary artery. >90% of proximal humeral fractures result from […]

Open Fractures

Basics Description Open fractures are defined as situations in which the fracture site communicates with the outside environment. The bone does not need to protrude from the skin for the injury to be an open fracture. Any full-thickness skin laceration in the zone of fracture injury is considered an open fracture. Open fractures can […]

Intercondylar Elbow Fracture

Basics Description Intra-articular fracture of the distal humerus, which may occur with a supracondylar fracture Biomechanically and anatomically, the distal humerus forms a triangle composed of a medial column and a lateral column that support the articular surface of the trochlea. The trochlea articulates with the ulna. The capitellum is the part of the […]

Humeral Shaft Fracture

Basics Description Fractures of the diaphysis (shaft) of the humerus Occur at all ages Classification: AO classification method Anatomic location: Proximal 1/3 of the shaft Medial 1/3 of the shaft Distal 1/3 of the shaft Fracture characteristics: Fracture pattern (transverse versus oblique versus comminuted) Fractures may be open or closed. Pathologic (secondary to underlying […]

Forearm Fracture

Basics Description Forearm fractures involve the bones of the forearm (the radius and ulna), and sometimes the fractures are associated with elbow and wrist injuries. In addition to the bone injury, soft-tissue injuries may include compartment syndrome, neurapraxia, and vascular damage. Adults are more susceptible than children to more severe injuries. Adults also require […]

Ankle Fracture

Basics Description Fractures of the distal end of the fibula and tibia are termed ankle fractures. Usually caused by the twisting of the body around a planted foot or a misstep that results in overstressing the ankle joint Severe fractures may result in dislocation of the ankle. 2 fracture classification systems are used currently: […]