Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Holiday Decorating Injuries?

Richard H. Sinert, DO

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December 05, 2017

History in patients with humerus factures may be of a benign fall in which the elbow is either struck directly or axially loaded in a fall onto an outstretched hand. Pain occurs with palpation or movement of the shoulder or elbow. Ecchymosis and edema are usually present.

Perform a careful neurovascular examination. Rarely, in patients with humerus fractures, the median or ulnar nerves are affected. Radial nerve injury following humerus shaft fractures is relatively common. Nerve damage with a proximal humerus fracture is rare.

Patients may present with a painful, deformed arm associated with a radial nerve palsy. Usually, this radial nerve palsy is reversible.

For more on the presentation of humerus fractures, read here.

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