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Four-part fractures of the neck of the humerus.
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume. 66(1):104-8, 1984 Jan.
Four-part fractures of the upper end of the humerus are uncommon injuries and there is still dispute about the best form of management. A retrospective study of 32 patients with these injuries has shown that non-operative management is frequently followed by persistent pain, stiffness and dysfunction of the shoulder. A prospective study of 49 patients with this injury presenting at the Bristol Royal Infirmary has shown that reconstruction of the upper end of the humerus with insertion of a Neer prosthesis will usually restore comfort and function. Whichever regimen is employed, disability is prolonged and dedicated physiotherapy is essential in their management.
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