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MINERVA ORTOPEDICA E TRAUMATOLOGICA
A Journal on Orthopedics and Traumatology
Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2000 December;51(6):327-32
External fixation in closed humeral fractures. Personal experience
Kuriata J., Berlusconi M., Zagra L., Molinari G., Giacometti Ceroni R.
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Methods. The Authors present their ten years' experience in the treatment of closed diaphyseal fractures of the humerus with external fixation from Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milan. They used the De Bastiani external fixator in every case (20 cases). Aim of this paper is to present the results of this treatment and show its correct indications. Every case has been examined by a foreign orthopedic surgeon.
Results. The main result of this study has been the long period of healing (mean 5 months) for these fractures and the quite high incidence of complications. Nevertheless, this treatment has the advantages of the closed techniques which can give an immediate stabilisation of the fracture and a sudden movement of the involved joints.
Conclusions. In conclusion, the Authors suggest that the orthopedic surgeon should consider this technique as a good choice in this kind of fractures.