Minimally invasive treatment of greater tuberosity fractures

Brian Magovern*, Xavier Duralde, Guido Marra

*Corresponding author for this work

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The proximal humerus tends to fracture into four distinct fragments: the humeral shaft, the greater and lesser tuberosities, and the articular surface [1]. Neer based his classification system on displacement of these fragments by greater than 1 cm or angulation of more than 45°. In a retrospective review, Neer found that 85 % of fractures were considered to be minimally displaced and nonoperative management led to satisfactory results. Displaced two-part greater tuberosity fractures, according to the above criteria, were treated with open reduction and internal fixation [1, 2].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Surgery in Orthopedics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319341095
ISBN (Print)9783319341071
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Greater tuberosity fractures
  • Greater tuberosity fractures
  • Kirschner wires
  • Langer’s lines
  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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