The use of intramedullary helix wire for the treatment of proximal humerus fractures

Krause, FG; Gathmann, S; Gorschewsky, O (2008). The use of intramedullary helix wire for the treatment of proximal humerus fractures. Journal of orthopaedic trauma, 22(2), pp. 96-101. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/BOT.0b013e318162e574

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OBJECTIVE: To present the functional and radiographic outcome 1 and 6 years after application of a new intramedullary fixation device for proximal humerus fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. SETTING: Level II orthopaedic surgery hospital. PATIENTS: Twenty-six consecutive patients (average age 68.9 years) with 2-, 3- and 4-part fractures of the proximal humerus were operated at a single institution. Follow-up was performed after 1 year (26 patients) and 6 years (16 patients). INTERVENTION: All patients were treated with closed reduction and intramedullary helix wires. MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: The Constant-Murley score and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) score. Clinical complications and radiological posttraumatic arthritis were recorded. RESULTS: The average Constant-Murley score was 70.3 (points) and 70.7 after 1 and 6 years, respectively; the average UCLA score was 27.2 and 31.5 after 1 and 6 years, respectively. Major complications were 4 revisions for 3 secondary fragment displacements and 1 nonunion with partial avascular osteonecrosis in the first postoperative year. Complications were found predominantly in 4-part fractures (3/5, 60%). There were no further complications or progressive posttraumatic arthritis up to 6 years following surgery. CONCLUSION: The helix wire is well suited for displaced or unstable 2- and 3-part proximal humerus fractures. Adequate functional outcome, a low number of implant displacements, a low number of application morbidity, and infrequent implant removals were recorded. The use of this device is not recommended for 4-part fractures.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Krause, Fabian






Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




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04 Oct 2013 15:03

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