Intercondylar fractures of the humerus. An operative approach.

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In this paper we review a series of thirty-four intercondylar fractures of the distal end of the humerus that were treated by open reduction over a ten-year period. The fracture patterns were classified according to the system of Müller et al. and a strict rating scale incorporating subjective data, objective motion, and the functional status of the involved elbow was used for the results. At a mean follow-up of 5.8 years, thirteen results were rated as excellent; fourteen, as good; four, as fair; and three, as poor. Complications included postoperative neuritis in five patients; three non-unions; and refracture, heterotopic bone, and deep sepsis in one patient each.

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