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Title: A biomechanical study on fracture risks in ulnohumeral arthroplasty
Authors: Degreef, Ilse ×
Van Audekercke, Remy
Boogmans, T
De Smet, Luc #
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: Editions Elsevier
Series Title: Chirurgie de la Main vol:30 issue:3 pages:183-187
Abstract: In the Outerbridge-Kashiwagi ulnohumeral arthroplasty, bone strength may be weakened significantly as a result of the humeral fenestration. Therefore, fracture risks may be increased, particularly in the immediate postoperative period. The objective of this biomechanical cadaver study is to study the humeral bone strength after ulnohumeral arthroplasty. A biomechanical cadaveric study was done in which differences in force needed to fracture the humerus with and without fenestration was measured. First, the diaphysis of 12 distal humeri was embedded and a posterior force was applied until a fracture occurred. Second, a similar study was done with fixed humeral columns, to specifically compare the column strength. In the first part, the force needed to fracture was reduced by 17% after ulnohumeral arthroplasty, which was not statistically significant. However, a shift in the fracture pattern occurred: from diaphyseal fracture towards column fractures after the arthroplasty. In the second part, the force needed to fracture the columns proved to be significantly reduced by 41% after humeral perforation. Alterations in the biomechanical properties of the distal humerus after ulnohumeral arthroplasty may lead to a shift in fracture patterns from diaphyseal to column fractures. The strength of the columns is strongly reduced by 41%.
ISSN: 1297-3203
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Orthopaedics Section (-)
Biomechanics Section
Research Group for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
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