Midshaft Humerus Fractures Workup

Updated: Nov 08, 2022
  • Author: Matthew Lawless, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Imaging Studies

Anteroposterior (AP) and lateral radiographs should be obtained first. These should be taken at 90º angles to each other. To obtain these radiographs, move the patient rather than rotate the injured limb through the fracture site. The shoulder and elbow should be included on each radiograph. Traction radiographs may be helpful with comminuted or severely displaced fractures, and comparison radiographs of the contralateral side may be helpful for determining preoperative length. [2]  (See the image below.)

Diaphyseal humerus fracture. Diaphyseal humerus fracture.

Computed tomography (CT) is rarely indicated. [2]