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July 18, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(12):1164-1165. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690120080024

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Supracondylar Fractures of Humerus.  —Professor Sanzone read a paper on supracondylar fractures of the humerus at the meeting of the Medical and Surgical Society of Taranto, Jan 27. Describing this specific type of inferior epiphyseal fracture of the humerus that is characteristic of infancy, he discussed the progressive phases of this ossification in infancy and puberty. Among the various anatomic elements that contribute to the causation of the fracture are the epitrochlear muscles, especially the round pronator.The modern method of reduction aims almost systematically at the closed reduction. Great consideration should be given to the technique of stretching the epitrochlear muscles so that the distal fragment may accomplish its anatomic alinement. The radiological picture is very important for differentiation from other types of local fractures.Professor Sanzone said that the sequela of Volkmann's paralysis should not be ascribed to the system of immobilization used but rather to failure in

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