Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Versus Hemiarthroplasty for Displaced 3- and 4-part Proximal Humeral Fractures

2018-01-04 13:08:11 | BioPortfolio


Proximal humeral fractures are common injuries with the highest incidence being amongst the elderly. Most proximal humeral fractures are nondisplaced or minimally displaced. The majority of these are reliably treated nonoperatively with an acceptable functional outcome. The treatment of displaced fractures is more controversial. Consensus is lacking as to when surgery is indicated or what type of procedure to choose if surgery is elected. Displaced 3- and 4-part fractures where internal fixation is deemed unreliable have been considered an indication for hemiarthroplasty. Hemiarthroplasty gives reasonable control of pain but the resulting shoulder function and range of motion is unpredictable. The use of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty is increasing and might result in a better range of motion then hemiarthroplasty.

The aim of this multicenter study is to test the hypothesis that reverse total shoulder arthroplasty gives better shoulder function than hemiarthroplasty for displaced 3- and 4-part proximal humeral fractures.

Study Design


Humeral Fracture, Proximal


Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty, Hemiarthroplasty


Active, not recruiting


Karolinska Institutet

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Replacement of the SHOULDER JOINT.

Fracture in the proximal half of the shaft of the ulna, with dislocation of the head of the radius.

Compression of the rotator cuff tendons and subacromial bursa between the humeral head and structures that make up the coracoacromial arch and the humeral tuberosities. This condition is associated with subacromial bursitis and rotator cuff (largely supraspinatus) and bicipital tendon inflammation, with or without degenerative changes in the tendon. Pain that is most severe when the arm is abducted in an arc between 40 and 120 degrees, sometimes associated with tears in the rotator cuff, is the chief symptom. (From Jablonski's Dictionary of Syndromes and Eponymic Diseases, 2d ed)

Partial or total replacement of a joint.

Partial or total replacement of one or more FINGERS, or a FINGER JOINT.

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