Supracondylar fracture (fracture of the elbow)

Arms | Orthopaedics | Supracondylar fracture (fracture of the elbow) (Disease)


A dislocated elbow occurs when the bones that make up the joint are forced out of alignment — typically when a person lands on an outstretched hand during a fall. Toddlers may experience a dislocated elbow, sometimes known as nursemaids elbow, if they are lifted or swung by their forearms.

Causes and Risk factors

In adults, the most common causes include falls or motor vehicle accidents.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Elbow should be kept in extension after injury to the brachial artery injury price. Median and ulnar nerve paralysis are rare complications. Careful observation is necessary after surgery. If it is high, may require internal fixation.

Medial condyle fractures: May require surgery if manipulation fails intention a satisfactory reduction. Elbow is enlarged and painful, and pronation and supination are extremely painful. X-rays often show an effusion but minor fractures are often ignored by the fall. Fractures without displacement can be fixed with bud - if the fracture is displaced, may require internal fixation or radial head excision. ...

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