Fracture of the lateral condyle of the humerus in children is a serious injury and, unless treated properly, results in failure of union, weakened function, marked cubitus valgus deformity, and delayed ulnar-nerve palsy. The condition of pseudarthrosis is due to the extreme rotary displacement of the condylar fragment and, in order to overcome this, operative reduction is necessary. Good approximation is followed by bony union, recovery of normal function, and absence of any later complications. It is important for physicians to learn to recognize this fracture in order that it may receive early surgical treatment.
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