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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X


SIKHAULI, N; RAMGUTHY, Y  and  FIRTH, GB. The paediatric 'floating arm' or segmental humerus fracture - a case report. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.1, pp.35-37. ISSN 2309-8309.

Segmental upper limb fractures in children are extremely uncommon with the commonest injury described being the 'floating elbow'. In this report a case is described of a 'floating arm' - flexion-type Gartland grade III supracondylar fracture of the humerus and simultaneous ipsilateral Salter Harris type II proximal humerus fracture. The management, outcome and available literature on this rare combination of injuries are discussed.

Keywords : segmental humerus fracture; floating arm.

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