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Distal humerus fracture

The fractures of the distal humerus are typical of childhood but may also occur in adults. They are mostly caused by indirect trauma such as a fall on the outstretched arm in extension or by direct trauma.

The pain is intense and diffuse across the all joint. The intensity of the pain prevents any movements, except for a minimal flexion.

The doctor will prescribe you  an x-ray; sometimes the suspicion of neurological or vascular complications will require the implementation of additional tests such as electromyography or arteriography.

The conservative treatment with a plaster is rare because the stiffness of the elbow after immobilization has a very high incidence. And therefore is better an early resumptions of motion after operative fixation.

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