Salter-Harris type II proximal humerus injuries: state-of-the-art treatment.


Proximal epiphyseal injuries of the humerus represent a very low percentage of traumatic growth pathologies, 5 % of all fractures during childhood. In the literature, there have been only a limited number of clinical studies investigating these injuries, basically from an epidemiological point of view, focusing on the incidence of the different types of fractures. We report our experience of 6 young patients with Salter-Harris type II proximal humerus epiphyseal injuries adopting a minimally invasive surgical technique consisting of closed reduction and percutaneous fixation with Kirschner wires. At 2 years of follow-up, the results consisting in constant; disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand; simple shoulder test; and Visual Analogue Scale scores obtained have been excellent and all the patients come back to a normal life with sports practice and normal daily activities. The range of motion was completely restored without any deficit in abduction-adduction, flection-extension, or intra-extra rotation. No differences in anthropometric parameters were found with no case of malangulation, vascular, or neurological complications. Our data support with evidence how the close reduction internal fixation with K-wires treatment can give to the surgeons and the patients a better security about the correct fracture healing. Furthermore, with this article, we will provide a detailed review of the literature in order to define the state-of-the-art treatment to better face such a challenging skeletal injury.

DOI: 10.1007/s12306-012-0214-3

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@article{Verdano2012SalterHarrisTI, title={Salter-Harris type II proximal humerus injuries: state-of-the-art treatment.}, author={Michele Arcangelo Verdano and A. Pellegrini and Enricomaria Lunini and Giuseppe Porcellini and Francesco Ceccarelli}, journal={Musculoskeletal surgery}, year={2012}, volume={96 3}, pages={155-9} }