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Fracture (proximal humerus)

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Fractures of the proximal humerus usually result from a fall on an outstretched hand. They are most common after middle age in a humerus weakened by osteoporosis. In younger people, a similar fall more often causes the shoulder to be dislocated, but fractures do occur, often together with dislocation. In adolescents, the upper humeral epiphysis may be separated and non-accidental injury should be excluded.


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