Proximal humeral fractures in elderly patients

M. Cadossi, A. Mazzotti, C. Capra, V. Persiani, D. Luciani, C. Pungetti

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Abstract

Proximal humeral fractures are common in the setting of osteoporosis and they represent a problem not only for increased mortality risk factors, but also in terms of costs and management. Their increased incidence has resulted in an evolution of treatment options, but currently there is no scientific evidence that defines the best treatment to choose. The choice of treatment depends on a variety of factors, such as fracture dislocation, fracture classification, bone quality, patient's age, functional requirements and general medical conditions. The debate about the treatment is still open, both for the decision between surgical and conservative treatment, and between different types of surgical techniques; nowadays it remains unclear whether surgery will produce better outcomes in function and quality of life in elderly osteoporotic patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Volume25
Issue number1 SUPPL.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Conservative treatment
  • Elderly patients
  • Locking plate
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prosthesis
  • Proximal humeral fractures
  • Surgical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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