Diagnosis

Complete articular, simple articular and simple metaphyseal fracture 

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Complete articular, simple articular and simple metaphyseal fracture

This fracture type is classified by the AO/OTA as 13C1 when both the articular and the metaphyseal components are simple fractures.

The mechanical properties of the distal humerus are based on a triangle of stability, comprising the medial and lateral columns, and the transverse condylar mass. In these fractures, all 3 sides of this triangle must be restored.

Complete articular, simple articular and simple metaphyseal fracture

Images taken from Orozco R, et al. (1998) Atlas of Internal Fixation. Used with kind permission.