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Shoulder Case 11 ED Management

Fracture of the Greater Tuberosity of the Humerus

ED Management

Greater tuberosity fractures are usually retracted posteriorly and superiorly; closed reduction is difficult. If the fracture is left retracted, impingement against the acromion will occur.

The affected arm should be placed in a sling with prompt orthopedic referral. Usually these fractures can be treated conservatively if displacement is less than 5mm.