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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia

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AZEVEDO, Marcos Coelho de; AZEVEDO, Gualter Maldonado de; HAYASHI, Alexandre Yoshio  y  NASCIMENTO, Paulo Emilio Dourado. Treatment of post-traumatic humeral fractures and complications using the osteoline® external fixator: a treatment option. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2011, vol.46, n.4, pp.390-397. ISSN 0102-3616.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the results obtained from treatment of humeral shaft fractures and their complications using the Osteoline® uniplanar external fixator. METHODS: The radiographic and functional results from 78 patients with humeral shaft fractures treated using the uniplanar external fixation technique were retrospectively assessed. The patients' ages ranged from 23 to 71 years, with a mean of 47 years. Male patients predominated (79%). Out of the 78 patients, 45 presented open fractures, 14 presented pseudarthrosis and six presented synthesis failure. There were no losses during the follow-up and all the patients were discharged after fracture consolidation and functional recovery. The results were evaluated based on the studies by Catagni, as good, fair or poor. RESULTS: Fracture consolidation was observed in 98% of the cases treated with uniplanar external fixation. Only one pseudarthrosis case required conversion to rigid internal fixation and autologous bone grafting. At the end of the treatment, all the patients were discharged with consolidated fractures, without pain, and good limb function. CONCLUSION: The external fixation described in this paper was shown to be an efficient and safe method for treating humeral shaft fractures and their complications. It preserved the local biological status and enabled passive and active movement immediately after surgery.

Palabras clave : Humeral Fractures; External Fixators; Pseudoartrhorosis.

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