Simple and Complex Fractures of the Humerus

A Guide to Assessment and Treatment

  • Filippo Castoldi
  • Davide Blonna
  • Marco Assom

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Proximal Humerus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Filippo Castoldi, Antonio Pastrone, Antonio Marmotti
      Pages 3-10
    3. Filippo Castoldi, Andrea Cimino, Davide Bonasia
      Pages 11-23
    4. Enrico Bellato, Umberto Cottino, Eleonora Marini
      Pages 25-35
    5. Marco Assom, Enrico Bellato
      Pages 37-43
    6. Giandomenico Logroscino, Ernesto Pagano, Vincenzo Campana, Giuseppe Milano
      Pages 45-58
    7. Marco Assom, Enrico Bellato
      Pages 59-73
    8. Enrico Guerra, Daniele Fabbri, Graziano Bettelli, Alessandro Marinelli, Michele Cavaciocchi, Roberto Rotini
      Pages 75-89
    9. Pascal Boileau, Thomas d’Ollonne, Philippe Clavert, Armodios M. Hatzidakis
      Pages 91-112
    10. Filippo Castoldi, Andrea Cimino, Raffaele Garofalo
      Pages 113-122
    11. Brody A. Flanagin, Raffaele Garofalo, Sumant G. Krishnan
      Pages 123-130
    12. Luigi Murena, Gianluca Canton, Ettore Vulcano
      Pages 131-141
    13. Paolo Baudi, Gabriele Campochiaro, Manuela Rebuzzi, Fabio Serafini, Giovanni Matino, Fabio Catani
      Pages 143-155
    14. Marco Saporito, Giovanni Merolla, Fabrizio Campi, Paolo Paladini, Giuseppe Porcellini
      Pages 157-162
    15. Pierluigi Tos, Stefano Artiaco, Alessandro Crosio, Bruno Battiston
      Pages 163-174
    16. Raffaele Russo, Fabio Cautiero, Alberto Fontanarosa, Giuseppe Della Rotonda
      Pages 175-185
    17. Mark Tauber
      Pages 187-200
    18. Antonio M. Foruria, Virginia Ruiz-Almarza
      Pages 201-209
  3. The Diaphysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Konrad Mader, Simone Mader, Per-Olof Berntsson
      Pages 213-220
    3. Bruno Battiston, Teresa Benigno, Pierluigi Tos
      Pages 221-230
    4. Michele James Ceglia, Stefano Bianco, Antonio Ciardullo, Roberto Buzzi
      Pages 231-240
    5. Domenico Aloj, Pietro Pellegrino, Eraclite Petruccelli, Giovanni Martino, Daniele Santoro
      Pages 241-248
    6. Dario Petriccioli, Celeste Bertone, Giacomo Marchi
      Pages 249-257
  4. Distal Humerus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Davide Blonna
      Pages 261-268
    3. Alessandro Marinelli, Enrico Guerra, Graziano Bettelli, Michele Cavaciocchi, Roberto Rotini
      Pages 269-277
    4. Davide Blonna, Enrico Bellato
      Pages 279-292
    5. Roberto Rotini, Michele Cavaciocchi, Graziano Bettelli, Lorenzo Zaccarelli
      Pages 293-301
    6. Antonio M. Foruria, Jesus Cobos
      Pages 303-311
    7. Davide Blonna
      Pages 327-337

About this book


The treatment of humeral fractures is a complex issue and the source of considerable controversy. In the case of fractures of the proximal humerus, early range of motion is the main aim of treatment. If a fracture modifies the anatomy or function of the glenohumeral and scapulothoracic joints, the surgeon must adhere meticulously to treatment principles in order to ensure a satisfactory outcome. Humeral shaft fractures are frequent, accounting for 1% to 3% of all fractures in adults; while excellent functional results have been reported with nonoperative management, open reduction and internal fixation is preferred in specific clinical settings. In contrast, intra-articular fractures of the distal humerus are frequently complex and full functional recovery is difficult to achieve.

This volume clearly explains the concepts that are central to an understanding of humeral fractures from the proximal to the distal tip. Indications for different forms of treatment, including nonsurgical, are presented in detail, and all of the commonly used fixation techniques are described with the help of high-quality illustrations. Further important aspects such as complications, rehabilitation, and treatment of sequelae are also fully considered. This book will be an invaluable and comprehensive aid for all surgeons who treat humeral fractures.


Distal humerus Humerus fractures Internal fixation Intrarticular fractures Proximal humerus

Editors and affiliations

  • Filippo Castoldi
    • 1
  • Davide Blonna
    • 2
  • Marco Assom
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyCTO Hospital TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyMauriziano-Umberto I HospitalTurinItaly
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyMauriziano-Umberto I HospitalTurinItaly

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