Osteosynthesis of Distal Humeral Metaepiphyseal Fractures Via Posterior Approach with Olecranon Preservation

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Eighteen patients with distal humeral metaepiphyseal fractures were operated on during the period from 2010 to 2013. Mean age of patients made up 43.1±8.4 (22-72) years, term after injury - 4.6±1.9 (2-11) days. According to AO classification C1 fractures were diagnosed in 13, C2 - in 3, C3 - in 2 patients. In all patients distal humeral metaepiphyseal osteosynthesis with two plates placed at 90° to each other was performed. Surgical intervention was performed without olecranon osteotomy and triceps tendon was kept intact. In 12 (66.7%) cases longitudinal dissection of the triceps in its middle third was performed. Residual intraarticular displacement averaged 0.2±0.03 mm. Long term results were assessed in 10 patients at an average 12 months after operation. Mean score by subjective and objective scales made up 4.3±0.3 and 4.2±0.3 points, respectively. Main advantages of the applied osteosynthesis technique were preservation of forearm extensor muscles integrity; absence of additional fixatives in olecranon zone; absence of the necessity to perform additional intervention to remove fixatives from the olecranon.

About the authors

V. A Kalantyrskaya

Clinical hospital for emergency care named after N.V. Solov’yov, Yaroslavl’

Email: kalan.v@mail.ru

I. O Golubev

Central Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics named after N.N. Priorov, Moscow, Russia


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