Non-united proximal humeral fracture

Case contributed by Dr Mauricio Macagnan


Pain in the shoulder with radiance to the arm. Trauma a few years ago.

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Female

Complete fracture of the anatomical neck of the humeral head with displaced bone fragments, and rotation and bone resorption. Presence of fluid between the bone fragments, with joint effusion and significant synovial thickening (synovitis).

Non-united displaced fracture through the anatomical neck. Normal glenohumeral alignment. 

Case Discussion

Fractures of proximal humerus are relatively frequent in the elderly where the fall of the height itself is the main mechanism of trauma.

In this case, the patient complained of shoulder pain with radiation to the arm, which led the physician to suspect a shoulder tendon injury, but instead there is a non-united fracture of the proximal humerus.

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Case information

rID: 51285
Published: 9th Feb 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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