Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care 2002; 10(Suppl 1): S1-S4
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-33825
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Nailing of Articular and Extraarticular Fractures of the Head of the Humerus

R. Eisele, L. Kinzl
  • Departement of Traumatology, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Ulm, Germany
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Publication Date:
11 September 2002 (online)


Surgical treatment of the fractures of the head of the humerus is still a subject for controversial discussion. If a conservative strategy is not indicated, intramedullary nailing (Targon PH) must be considered. In a prospective study 15 patients (45-80 years) suffering from a fracture of the head of the humerus (A3-C2, AO Classification) were treated with a Targon PH nail. Postoperative mobility in a 16-week follow-up was excellent. Nailing with this new kind of intramedullary stabilization using screws of angle-rigid construction in the humerus head and so sparing vascularisation and adjacent soft-tissue cover can be an alternative to other more invasive procedures.


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Ralf Eisele M.D. 

Department of Traumatology, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Universtity of Ulm

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89075 Ulm


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