Contributing factors in non-union of the humeral shaft fracture and the results of treatments.

R. Baba, M. Razak

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    Out of 218 fractures of humeral shaft treated in the department, 23 (10.5%) of them developed non-union. 14/23 (60.9%) fracture were located in middle third. Transverse (52.2%), short oblique (17.4%) and comminuted fracture (13.0%) constituted about 82% of all initial fracture pattern. Twelve cases (52.5%) were initially treated with hanging cast. Radial nerve palsy occurred in 4/23 (17.4%) of patient and all of them located at lower third of humerus and only one recovered after eight weeks of injury. Factors such as middle third comminuted opened fractures, soft tissue interposition, improper immobilization and poor patient compliance were found to be directly associated with the non-union. All non-unions healed following plating and bone grafting. Overall 17/23 patient (74%) had good results, 4/23 (17%) fair and 2/23 (9%) with poor functional results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-51
    Number of pages10
    JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
    Volume53 Suppl A
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998

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    Humeral Fractures
    Comminuted Fractures
    Radial Nerve
    Bone Transplantation
    Humerus
    Patient Compliance
    Paralysis
    Immobilization
    Wounds and Injuries
    Therapeutics

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    Contributing factors in non-union of the humeral shaft fracture and the results of treatments. / Baba, R.; Razak, M.

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