Distal humeral fracture


Distal humeral fractures are caused by direct trauma to the arm or elbow and by axial loading transmitted through the elbow. Most common causes are:

Traumatic event (eg. motor vehicle, bicycle accidents)

Fall with the outstretched arm where the ulna pushes towards the humerus

Fall on the flexed elbow

Direct impact with a hard object (hockey/baseball bat, car parts during a collision)

Pathological fractures due to osteoporosis or cancerous metastatic growth.