DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/issn.2455-4510.IntJResOrthop20222714
Published: 2022-10-27

Exploration of radial nerve in patients with humerus shaft fracture with radial nerve palsy, is it necessary?

Marouf Aslam, Asif Sultan

Abstract


Fractures in the distal third of the humerus shaft usually are associated with complete or incomplete radial nerve lesions which may be caused due to traction, entrapment or compression between bony fragments. We managed these patients by bridge plating using minimally invasive percutaneous plate osteosynthesis. A total of 5 patients were operated on and all showed full functional recovery of radial nerve. Fracture united in all cases and no patient developed any complication.


Keywords


Humerus, MIPO, Radial nerve

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