Total elbow arthroplasty as primary treatment for distal humeral fractures in elderly patients.

@article{Ray2000TotalEA,
  title={Total elbow arthroplasty as primary treatment for distal humeral fractures in elderly patients.},
  author={Pinak S Ray and K Kakarlapudi and C Rajsekhar and Manjit S Bhamra},
  journal={Injury},
  year={2000},
  volume={31 9},
  pages={687-92}
}
Distal humeral fractures are difficult to treat. In the elderly population, the problems are compounded by osteoporosis and gross comminution. Open reduction and internal fixation for such fractures is sometimes difficult and may be associated with poor results. Total elbow arthroplasty has been suggested as a last-ditch effort to salvage functional use for such difficult fractures in the elderly. We followed seven patients (seven elbows) with a mean age of 81.7 years at the time of injury… CONTINUE READING