Transphyseal Distal Humerus Fracture

Joshua Abzug, Christine A nn Ho, Todd F. Ritzman, Brian Brighton

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Abstract

Transphyseal distal humerus fractures typically occur in children younger than 3 years secondary to birth trauma, nonaccidental trauma, or a fall from a small height. Prompt and accurate diagnosis of a transphyseal distal humerus fracture is crucial for a successful outcome. Recognizing that the forearm is not aligned with the humerus on plain radiographs may aid in the diagnosis of a transphyseal distal humerus fracture. Surgical management is most commonly performed with the aid of an arthrogram. Closed reduction and percutaneous pinning techniques similar to those used for supracondylar humerus fractures are employed. Cubitus varus caused by a malunion, osteonecrosis of the medial condyle, or growth arrest is the most common complication encountered in the treatment of transphyseal distal humerus fractures. A corrective lateral closing wedge osteotomy can be performed to restore a nearly normal carrying angle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-384
Number of pages6
JournalInstructional course lectures
Volume65
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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