Fractures of the humerus in the neonatal period

Nir Sherr-Lurie, Gad M. Bialik, Abraham Ganel, Amos Schindler, Uri Givon*

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Background: Fractures of the humerus in neonates can pose a diagnostic challenge, especially when the fracture occurs in the proximal or distal epiphysis. Objectives: To review our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of birth-related humeral fractures. Methods: Between the years 2001 and 2009, seven newborn patients and two patients treated in the neonatal intensive care unit sustained a fracture of the humerus. Four of the fractures occurred in the humeral shaft, three in the proximal epiphysis and two in the distal epiphysis. In all the newborn patients the diagnosis was made on the first day of life using radiography and ultrasonography. The fractures of the shaft and of the distal epiphysis were treated by gentle manipulation and casting, and the fractures of the proximal epiphysis were treated by swaddling. Results: All of the patients demonstrated fracture union within 2 weeks, and radiographs at the age of 6 months demonstrated complete remodeling of the fracture. Conclusions: Ultrasonography is a simple, readily available and inexpensive modality for the diagnosis of birth-related fractures of the humerus, especially in the yet unossified epiphyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-365
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Fractures
  • Humerus
  • Neonates
  • Ultrasonography


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