Two patients presented with infections of their recent proximal humerus fracture sites. These immunocompromised patients were being treated nonoperatively for their proximal humerus fractures; however, both were taken to the operating room for surgical debridement.
These 2 cases demonstrate the need for further investigation into infection of closed fracture sites. Attention should be paid to immunocompromised patients who present with proximal humerus fractures, especially displaced 2-part surgical neck fractures with anterior deltoid injury and subsequent hematoma formation. These patients may develop an infection with potential rapid progression to life-threatening septic shock.
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
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Investigation performed at Rhode Island Hospital by the Orthopaedic Surgery Department of the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
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