Dynamic compression plating versus locked intramedullary nailing for humeral shaft fractures in adults

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Intramedullary nailing is associated with an increased risk of shoulder impingement, with a related increase in restriction of shoulder movement and need for removal of metalwork. There is not enough evidence to determine if there were any other important differences, including in functional outcome, between dynamic compression plating and locked intramedullary nailing for humeral shaft fractures.

Surgical fixation of fractures of the shaft of the humerus generally involves plating or nailing. This review compared compression plating and locked intramedullary nailing for primary surgical fixation (surgical fixation of an acute fracture or early fixation following failure of conservative treatment) of humeral shaft fractures in adults.

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