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Surgery is no better than a simple sling for displaced fracture of upper arm, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1304 (Published 11 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1304
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Displaced fractures in the upper arm near the shoulder can be treated just as effectively with sling immobilisation as with surgical treatment, a randomised clinical trial published in JAMA has found.1

Proximal humeral fractures account for 5-6% of all adult fractures, and most occur in people over 65. About half of these fractures are displaced, and three quarters involve the surgical neck. Surgical treatment is increasingly used for this type of fracture, contributing to higher …

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