Duke Orthopaedics
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Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics

Humerus


- See:
   - Blood Supply to the Humerus
   - Fractures of the Humerus

- Anatomy:
  - ossification centers
      - humeral head            - 3 months
      - greater tuberosity     - 3 years
      - lesser tuberosity       - 5 years
  - proximal humeral epiphysis:
      - fuses by 21 years
      - contribute 80% of longitudinal growth
      - epiphyseal plate:
          - irregularly  cone shaped with apex pointing superiorly, posteriorly and medially in relationship to shaft
          - configuration interlocks physis and metaphysis at the plate.
          - position of apex tends to resist axial and posterior forces.
          - thickened periosteum anchors head and tuberosities to shaft
               - anterior periosteum is thinner and weaker
               - posterior periosteum is thicker
               - ensures adequate blood supply to head by secure fixation to physis;
- Major rays of Trabeculae:
    - medial ray:
         - passes into inferomedial aspect of head
         - assists in resisting deformation by static loading
    - lateral ray:
         - passes vertically to tuberosity with second ray passing to superolateral aspect of head.
         - asists to resist static loading


The arterial vascularization of the humeral head. An anatomical study.



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

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