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Review Article

Proximal humeral fractures


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Most proximal humeral fractures are stable injuries of the ageing population, and can be successfully treated non-operatively. The management of the smaller number of more complex displaced fractures is more controversial and new fixation techniques have greatly increased the range of fractures that may benefit from surgery.

This article explores current concepts in the classification and clinical aspects of these injuries, reviewing the indications, innovations and outcomes for the most common methods of treatment.

Correspondence should be sent to Mr C. M. Robinson; e-mail: c.mike.robinson@ed.ac.uk

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