Grafting and fixation of proximal humeral aseptic non union: A prospective case series

Giuseppe Rollo, Roberto Rotini, Paolo Pichierri, Marco Giaracuni, Alessandro Stasi, Luca Macchiarola, Michele Bisaccia, Luigi Meccariello

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Background. Fractures of the proximal part of the humerus represent almost 4-5% of all fractures. The rate of non union is estimated to be 1.1 to 10%. Non union, displacement, and fixation failure can be hazardous complications for these injuries. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the outcomes of plate and bone strut allograft with bone chips grafting augmentation in the management of proximal humeral aseptic non union. Methods. We treated 16 aseptic non union proximal humeral fractures by the medial humeral shaft bone strut allograft and lateral plate and screws with bone chips grafting. The patients' ages were between 55 and 70 years. The chosen criteria to evaluate the group during the clinical and radiological follow-up were the quality of life measured by The Short Form (12) Health Survey (SF-12), shoulder function and related quality of life measured by the Constant Shoulder Score (CSS) compared with healthy side, bone healing measured by X-rays, and postoperative complications. The follow-up was perfor med with clinical and radiographic controls at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months. Surgical time and international units of red blood cells transfused were also calculated. The evaluation endpoint was set at 12 months. Results. The X-rays bone healing occurred in our group on average of 126.4 days after surgery. The surgical time and blood loss were consistent with standard surgical procedures. The quality of life and functional recovery were excellent after plate and bone strut allograft. Conclusions. Surgical techniques that increase mecha nical stability, while incorporating bone biology, are effective AIDS for treating problematic fractural patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-304
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Aseptic non union
  • Bone strut allograft
  • Complications
  • Osteosynthesis
  • Plate
  • Proximal humeral fracture outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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