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Nonacute Treatment of Elbow Fracture with Persistent Ulnohumeral Dislocation or Subluxation

Chen, Neal C. MD; Jupiter, Jesse B. MD; Steinmann, Scott P. MD; Ring, David MD, PhD

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - American Volume: 6 August 2014 - Volume 96 - Issue 15 - p 1308–1316
doi: 10.2106/JBJS.M.00817
Current Concepts Review
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➤ There are patterns of traumatic elbow instability that help a surgeon to anticipate which structures are injured.

➤ Patients treated for persistent subluxation or dislocation of the elbow more than two weeks after injury regain less motion and experience more adverse events.

➤ The primary goal of treatment is stable reduction of the ulnohumeral joint and functional elbow motion.

➤ Motion and pain are affected by contracture and scarring of the soft tissues, malalignment of the joint, fracture malunion, damage to the articular surface, and ulnar neuropathy.

➤ Biomechanical and clinical studies support treatment with radial head arthroplasty and/or coronoid reconstruction for patients who have osseous insufficiency.

1Philadelphia Hand Center, P.C., 834 Chestnut Street, G114, Philadelphia, PA 19107. E-mail address:

2Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey 2100, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114

3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street S.W., Rochester, MN 55905

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