Humeral shaft fractures

Nicolas Gallusser, Bardia Barimani, Frédéric Vauclair

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Humeral shaft fractures are relatively common, represent- ing approximately 1% to 5% of all fractures. Conservative management is the treatment of choice for most humeral shaft fractures and offers functional results and union rates that are not inferior to surgical manage- ment. Age and oblique fractures of the proximal third are risk factors for nonunion. Surgical indication threshold should be lower in patients older than 55 years presenting with this type of fracture. Functional outcomes and union rates after plating and intramedullary nailing are comparable, but the likelihood of shoulder complications is higher with intramedullary nailing. There is no advantage to early exploration of the radial nerve even in secondary radial nerve palsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-34
Number of pages11
JournalEFORT Open Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • fracture
  • humeral shaft
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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