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Upper Limb

Fragility fractures of the distal humerus

What is the optimal treatment?

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In light of the growing number of elderly osteopenic patients with distal humeral fractures, we discuss the history of their management and current trends. Under most circumstances operative fixation and early mobilisation is the treatment of choice, as it gives the best results. The relative indications for and results of total elbow replacement versus internal fixation are discussed.

Correspondence should be sent to Professor G. J. W. King; e-mail:

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