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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-11

Risk factors associated with distal humeral fractures: A radiological study of Nigerians admitted at National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos State, Nigeria


Department of Anatomy, School of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

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Vitalis C Ezeuko
Department of Anatomy, School of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Ugbowo, Benin City
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1596-2393.142918

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Aim: This study is aimed at investigating the possible risk factors associated with distal humeral fractures among Nigerians. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out retrospectively at the Department of Medical Records, National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos State, Nigeria using Plain films of X-ray from a total number of 144 patients of ages from birth to 100 years (0-100 years), comprising of 88 males and 56 females. Results: It reveals that the age group 1-10 years were affected more than other age groups. This study also shows that fall is the main cause of distal humeral fractures (68.7%) followed by road traffic accidents (27.8%). The predominance of fracture of the left humerus in this study was statistically significant. Conclusion: Since distal humeral fracture is an issue of harsh economic consequences, various measures should be taken by all the parties involved so as to address the menace.


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