Isolated Displaced Fracture of the Lesser Tuberosity

Oburu E1, John J2,

  1. School of Medicine, University of Nairobi

  2. Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, UK

Correspondence to: Dr. Ezekiel Oburu. P.O. Box 2206  00100, Nairobi. Email:


Isolated displaced fracture of the lesser tuberosity of the humerus is unusual. These injuries may be difficult to diagnose and can be easily missed. We present a 53 year old patient who sustained this injury and at initial evaluation it was missed. However, careful review of his X rays and CT Scans revealed the fracture. Fixation of the fracture was achieved with two cancellous screws. Diagnosis of this fracture will be aided by a high index of suspicion.


Key Words: Lesser tuberosity, Proximal humerus, Two-part fracture


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