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Use of the Ilizarov apparatus to improve alignment in proximal humeral fractures treated initially by a unilateral external fixator.

Dhar SA, Butt MF, Mir MR, Ali MF, Kawoosa AA - Strategies Trauma Limb Reconstr (2008)

Bottom Line: One of the recommended methods for the management of displaced unstable proximal humeral fractures is the unilateral external fixator.Conversion of the treatment concept to other modalities is difficult because of the problem of pin tract infection.The Ilizarov apparatus provides an useful method in such situations, as it allows distraction, translation and compression without the need for further anaesthesia and additional fixation.

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Affiliation: The Government Hospital for Bone and Joint Surgery, Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar, 190005, Kashmir, India, shabirdhar@yahoo.co.in.

ABSTRACT
One of the recommended methods for the management of displaced unstable proximal humeral fractures is the unilateral external fixator. In polytrauma cases this method may be especially useful for the stabilisation of these fractures. However, problems may arise if the fracture is fixed in a malaligned or distracted position. Conversion of the treatment concept to other modalities is difficult because of the problem of pin tract infection. The Ilizarov apparatus provides an useful method in such situations, as it allows distraction, translation and compression without the need for further anaesthesia and additional fixation.

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Mentions: During this period the patient underwent physiotherapy to maintain range of motion. At 8 weeks radiologic and clinical stress testing was used to assess union. The fixator was removed and patient allowed restricted activity for 1 month. After 1 month the patient was allowed to indulge in normal activities (Figs. 3, 4).Fig. 3


Use of the Ilizarov apparatus to improve alignment in proximal humeral fractures treated initially by a unilateral external fixator.

Dhar SA, Butt MF, Mir MR, Ali MF, Kawoosa AA - Strategies Trauma Limb Reconstr (2008)

Showing union in an acceptable position
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig4: Showing union in an acceptable position
Mentions: During this period the patient underwent physiotherapy to maintain range of motion. At 8 weeks radiologic and clinical stress testing was used to assess union. The fixator was removed and patient allowed restricted activity for 1 month. After 1 month the patient was allowed to indulge in normal activities (Figs. 3, 4).Fig. 3

Bottom Line: One of the recommended methods for the management of displaced unstable proximal humeral fractures is the unilateral external fixator.Conversion of the treatment concept to other modalities is difficult because of the problem of pin tract infection.The Ilizarov apparatus provides an useful method in such situations, as it allows distraction, translation and compression without the need for further anaesthesia and additional fixation.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: The Government Hospital for Bone and Joint Surgery, Bagat Barzulla, Srinagar, 190005, Kashmir, India, shabirdhar@yahoo.co.in.

ABSTRACT
One of the recommended methods for the management of displaced unstable proximal humeral fractures is the unilateral external fixator. In polytrauma cases this method may be especially useful for the stabilisation of these fractures. However, problems may arise if the fracture is fixed in a malaligned or distracted position. Conversion of the treatment concept to other modalities is difficult because of the problem of pin tract infection. The Ilizarov apparatus provides an useful method in such situations, as it allows distraction, translation and compression without the need for further anaesthesia and additional fixation.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus