Executive Editor: Peter Trafton

Authors: Martin Jaeger, Frankie Leung, Wilson Li

Proximal humerus 11-C3.1 Open reduction; plate fixation

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Glossary

1 Principles top

Emergency treatment enlarge

Emergency treatment

In C3.1 fractures there is a glenohumeral dislocation and a displaced anatomical neck fracture. In some cases neurovascular compromise results from fracture fragment displacement. If this is the case, emergency treatment is necessary. Definitive reduction and fixation should not be long delayed, particularly if one wishes to salvage the humeral head. Hemiarthroplasty should be considered alternatively for elderly, infirm, and/or severely osteoporotic patients.

Closed reduction of the glenohumeral dislocation might be attempted. It is preferable to do this in the OR to permit conversion to an open reduction, if possible. This may avoid need for an additional anesthetic.

2 Glenohumeral reduction top

First of all, a reduction of the glenohumeral dislocation should be performed. In cases of undisrupted periosteal sleeves, ... enlarge

Closed

First of all, a reduction of the glenohumeral dislocation should be performed. In cases of undisrupted periosteal sleeves, this might be done in a closed manner (as illustrated). If the periosteal sleeve is disrupted, an open reduction of the glenohumeral dislocation becomes more likely. In these cases, it might become necessary to perform an arthrotomy to the glenohumeral joint via either an osteotomy of the lesser tuberosity or tenotomy of the subscapularis tendon.


With longitudinal traction applied to the arm, the dislocated humeral head may be reduced using direct digital pressure ... enlarge

Open

Use a deltopectoral approach.
With longitudinal traction applied to the arm, the dislocated humeral head may be reduced using direct digital pressure pushing it back into position.


A bone hook can be placed carefully around the calcar avoiding damage to the articular cartilage. The head can then be pulled... enlarge

Option: bone hook
A bone hook can be placed carefully around the calcar avoiding damage to the articular cartilage. The head can then be pulled laterally and guided into position. Note: avoid neurovascular injury.


After reduction of the glenohumeral dislocation, the C3.1 fracture is converted into a C1.3 situation.

3 Fracture fixation following glenohumeral reduction top

After successful reduction of the C3.1 fracture, one can continue with open plating, or open screw fixation, or exceptionally, with hemiarthroplasty, if satisfactory fixation can not be achieved.


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Plate fixation

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Screw fixation

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v2.0 2011-05-02