General Surgery (East Africa)
Background: Distal humerus fractures constitute 2% of all fractures in the adult population. Although historically, these injuries have been treated non-operatively, advances in implant design and surgical technique have led to improved outcomes following operative fixation.
Methods: A literature search was performed and the authors' personal experiences are reported.
Results: This review has discussed the anatomy, classifications, treatment options and surgical techniques in relation to the management of distal humeral fractures. In addition, we have discussed controversial areas including the choice of surgical approach, plate orientation, transposition of the ulnar nerve and the role of elbow arthroplasty.
Conclusion: Distal humeral fractures are complex injuries that require a careful planned approach, when considering surgical fixation, to restore anatomy and achieve good functional outcomes.
The Open Orthopaedics Journal
Beazley, J. C.,
Modi, C. S.
(2017). Distal Humeral Fractures-Current Concepts. The Open Orthopaedics Journal, 11(8), 1353-1363.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_mc_gen_surg/61
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