Z Orthop Unfall
DOI: 10.1055/a-0862-1070
Review/Übersicht
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Clinical Application and Outcomes of Upper Extremity Double Plating

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J. Christoph Katthagen
Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster
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Benedikt Schliemann
Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster
,
Philipp A. Michel
Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster
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Lukas F. Heilmann
Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster
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Felix Dyrna
Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster
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Michael J. Raschke
Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Münster
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Publication Date:
09 May 2019 (eFirst)

Abstract

Dual plating in fractures of the upper extremity is well established for the distal humerus. The indication for the use of dual plating has been expanded over the last few years. While dual plating was originally frequently used in revisions of non-unions, it is nowadays also used in primary fixation of diverse complex fractures of the upper extremity. The high biomechanical fixation strength of dual plating is advantageous in regions with high bending and torsional stresses, such as the humeral shaft. An additional anterior plate provides high fixation strength and reduces the risk of loss of reduction in complex proximal humeral fractures and allows for direct fixation of lesser tuberosity fragments. Low-profile plates have been introduced for complex proximal ulna fractures. In dual plating the improved mechanical stability is combined with a reduced risk of implant related soft tissue irritations. The present article provides an overview of current indications for dual plating of upper extremity fractures and outlines technical aspects as well as advantages over conventional fixation techniques.