Although the clinical experience with reamed intramedullary nailing has been successful for the treatment of femur and tibia fractures, similar success has not been duplicated when this technique has been applied in the humerus. Although the cortical vascular response to nailing of the humerus is presently assumed to be similar to that of the femur, the response of the humerus to reaming has not been documented in vivo. The following case depicts avascularity of the humeral diaphyseal cortex as a complication of reamed intramedullary nailing and illustrates the sensitivity of the humerus to this treatment.
- Intramedullary nail
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- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine