Complications after surgical management of proximal humeral fractures: a systematic review of event terms and definitions

The most frequently used surgical procedures for treating a proximal humeral fracture (PHF) are plate osteosynthesis, nail osteosynthesis and arthroplasty. Evidence-based recommendations for an appropriate surgical procedure after PHF requires transparent and valid safety data. We performed a systematic review to examine reported terms and definitions of complications after surgically-treated PHFs.


Alispahic, N. Brorson, S. Bahrs, C. Joeris, A. Steinitz, A. Audigé, L.


Journal: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Volume: 21
Issue: 1
Pages: 327 -
Year: 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s12891-020-03353-8

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Current Stage: Completed
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Health Area

Disease Category: Orthopaedics & trauma

Disease Name: Proximal humerus fractures

Target Population

Age Range: Unknown

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: Surgery

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- Definition


- Systematic review

A literature search was conducted on PubMed, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, Scopus and WorldCat to identify clinical articles and book chapters on complications of PHF published from 2010 to 2017. Complication terms and definitions were extracted from each selected article independently by two reviewers and grouped according to a predefined scheme.

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