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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 […]

Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture

Basics Description Fractures of the proximal femur located between the greater and lesser trochanters and external to the capsule of the hip joint The greater and lesser trochanters may be avulsed as separate fragments. Many classification systems have been developed that are unreliable in identifying fracture types, but in general, they are classified as […]

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 […]

Femoral Neck Fracture

Basics Description Femoral neck fracture is the most common cause of a broken hip. The femoral neck is the intracapsular portion of the proximal femur between the femoral head and the lesser and greater trochanters. Femoral neck fractures are most common in elderly patients, although younger patients involved in high-energy trauma also are affected. […]