Comparative study of functional outcome of dynamic compression plating and interlocking intramedullary nailing for fructure shaft of humerus

Aminul Islam Mamood, Ajay Kumar Mahto


Background: Fracture of the diaphysis of humerus and its complications are a major cause of morbidity in trauma patients. Fracture of the humeral shaft account for 20% of humeral fractures & about 3% of all fractures. There is a debate between the choices of operation in humeral shaft fractures.

Methods: A comparative study of management of acute humeral shaft fractures treated by Dynamic Compression Plate (DCP) and Intra Medullary Interlocking Nail (IMILN) fixation over a period of one half years. 18 patients of IMILN and 20 patients of DCP were included after considering inclusion and exclusion criteria. Functional scoring criteria were used for postoperative assessment & the average follow up period was one year.

Results: A high rate of excellent & good results & a tendency for early union was seen with the plating group than nailing group.

Conclusions: Plating shows better results than nailing.


Shaft, Humerus, Nail, Plate

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