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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 194-198

Internal fixation of scapular body fractures: Short-term results of a prospective study

1 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment, Cairo, Egypt

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Dr. Ahmed Afifi
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmsr.jmsr_62_20

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Objectives: Most scapular body fractures can be treated conservatively with good-healing capacity. Indications of surgical treatment of these fractures are often debatable. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the short-term results of open reduction and internal fixation of displaced scapular body fractures. Methods: This prospective case series was conducted between 2016 and 2019. It included 10 male patients with displaced scapular body fractures treated with open reduction and internal fixation using Judet approach. Their mean age was 35.9 years (range, 18–60). The mean follow-up period was 16 months (range, 12–18). Patients were assessed radiologically for union and functionally using the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) score. Results: Union was achieved in all patients at a mean of 11.3 weeks (range, 8–14). The mean DASH score in the 12th month after the surgery was 30.8 (range, 26.7–36.7). Conclusions: Internal fixation of scapular body fractures gives good functional outcomes with a low complication rate.

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