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The Surgery of Neglected Distal Humerus Fractures in Children and Adults

  • Lars P. Müller
  • Matthias Hansen
  • Bernard F. Morrey
  • Karl J. Prommersberger
  • Pol M. Rommens

Abstract

The restoration of function after a neglected distal humérus fracture presents a formidable challenge to the surgeon because of both the complexity of the regional anatomy and the proximity of numerous neurovascular structures. Inadequate or unstable fixation, a failure to reposition the articular fragments anatomically, prolonged post-operative immobilization, or the development of soft-tissue complications will result in substantial disability for the patient. Complications after injuries affecting a child’s elbow are common due to understimating the severity of the injury on the native X-rays where the growth plates and cartilage structures can not be seen.

Keywords

Ulnar Nerve Distal Humerus Angular Deformity Correction Osteotomy Distal Humerus Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars P. Müller
    • 1
  • Matthias Hansen
    • 2
  • Bernard F. Morrey
    • 3
  • Karl J. Prommersberger
    • 4
  • Pol M. Rommens
    • 4
  1. 1.Klinik für Unfall - Wiederherstellungs - und HandchirurgieJohannes Gutenberg Universität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Klinik für UnfallchirurgieKlinikum WormsWormsGermany
  3. 3.Department of OrthopedicsMayo Medical SchoolRochesterUSA
  4. 4.Orthopädische Klinik MarkgröningenStuttgartGermany

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