Osteosynthesis with a humeral anchor nail may be listed along with other methods of intramedullary fixation for the treatment of diaphyseal fractures. The authors report their experience with 33 cases of humeral fractures treated between July 1987 and July 1991. Results were excellent in 61% of the cases, good in 24%, and fair in 15%; no particular complications were reported. The authors believe that the anchor nail constitutes a system of osteosynthesis involving only a small amount of trauma, and allowing for positive elastic stability for the consolidation of the fracture, as well as being a sufficiently safe system so that immobilization in plaster may be avoided. When compared with other systems of intramedullary fixation, the anchor nail is more effective than the Rush nail from a mechanical point of view, and the Kuntscher nail from a biological one.
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