Author(s): Muramatsu K, Doi K, Ihara K, Shigetomi M, Kawai S
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Abstract We treated 23 patients with recalcitrant posttraumatic humeral shaft nonunion with vascularized bone grafts (fibula 10, femur 10 and scapula 3). 21/23 patients healed primarily. Venous thrombosis in the graft necessitated postoperative thrombectomy in 2 patients. Complications at the donor site were trivial. We used a vascularized fibular graft in patients with a large bone defect and with poor intrinsic stability of the nonunion site and a corticoperiosteal femoral graft in atrophic nonunion without a substantial bone defect. The scapula graft is easy to transfer to the surgical neck of the humerus on its pedicle.
This article was published in Acta Orthop Scand
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports