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J Korean Soc Fract. 2002 Jul;15(3):398-403. Korean. Original Article.
Park TW , Cho SD , Cho YS , Kim BS , Lew S , Kim MC , Kim KY .
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan, Korea.

PURPOSE: To evaluate the results of the treatment of humeral shaft fractures using retrograde AO Unreamed Humeral Nail(UHN). MATERIALS AND METHOD: From Apr. 1998 and Aug. 2001, 18 humeral shaft fractures were treated with retrograde AO UHN. All fractures were classified according to the AO classification. The results were analyzed by bony union time, range of motion and complication. RESULTS: There were eleven cases of A3, two B2, one B3, four A2 humeral middle shaft fractures according to the AO classification. The mean bony union time was 12.2 weeks(range;9-16 weeks). All patients regained full range of motion of the shoulder joint and the elbow joint but 2 patients with intraopenatively ruptured capsule had transient elbow motion limitation. Complications were iatrogenic fractures at the entry portal in 2 patients(15%), transient shoulder pain in 4 patients(30.7%), nonunion in 1 patient(7.6%), required bone graft and internal fixation after removal of the nail at 13 months postoperatively. CONCLUSION: The treatment of humeral shaft fracture with retrograde AO unreamed humeral nail is one of the good options to reduce the rate of non-union or delayed union by compression effect if the intraoperative errors is prevented.

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