Treatment of scapula fractures: Systematic review of 520 fractures in 22 case series

Michael Zlowodzki, Mohit Bhandari, Boris A. Zelle, Philip J. Kregor, Peter A. Cole

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BACKGROUND: Fractures of the scapula account for 3% to 5% of all fractures of the shoulder girdle and make up less than 1% of all broken bones. Scapula fractures typically occur after high-energy trauma, and approximately 90% of the patients have associated injuries. OBJECTIVE: (1) To determine the incidences of nonoperative and operative treatment of different scapula fracture types, (2) to systematically stratify the reported results of nonoperatively and operatively treated scapula fractures on the basis of different fracture types and to summarize functional results, and (3) to quantify infection and secondary surgical procedure rates after operative treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-233
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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