Total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) is one option in distal humerus fracture in elderly osteoporotic patients.
The study hypothesis was that, in patients aged 70years or more, TEA provides functional results and ranges of motion compatible with everyday activity, with a complications rate equal to or lower than with internal fixation, and no loss of autonomy or cognitive impairment.
Material and methods
In this retrospective study, 21 patients receiving TEA for distal humerus fracture were included. Mean follow-up was 3.2years, with functional (Quick DASH and MEPS), cognitive (MMSE), autonomy-related (ADL) and radiological assessment (Morrey).
Mean MEPS was 84 and QuickDASH 32.4. Mean extension deficit was 22°, and mean flexion 125°. There was no loss of autonomy or cognitive impairment. The complications rate was 9.5%. There were no revision surgeries.
TEA proved reliable in comminuted distal humerus fracture in elderly patients. Functional results were comparable to those in the literature, and the complications rate was lower. Long-term implant survival needs confirmation to validate this option as a treatment of choice in these indications in geriatric traumatology.
Type of study
Retrospective non-comparative, single-center.
Level of evidence
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Keywords : Distal humerusfracture, Total elbow arthroplasty, Osteoporotic fracture, Elderly