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Post-traumatic humero-ulnar synostosis

Mollen, Bas P.a; Heesterbeek, Petra J.C.b; de Vos, Maarten J.c; ten Ham, Arno M.a

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: July 2014 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 379–382
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000049

A humero-ulnar synostosis is a bony connection between the humerus and the ulna. This is a very rare finding and it results in a serious disability of the elbow. Usually, a synostosis of the elbow occurs as a congenital anomaly. In this case, a 6-year-old girl was seen with a post-traumatic humero-ulnar synostosis, which has never been reported in the literature before. Surgical resection of the humero-ulnar synostosis was performed. Along with rapid intensive physical therapy, almost full recovery of function was achieved. The short-term result is very satisfactory, but the long-term results and recurrence rate are still unknown.

Departments of aOrthopedic Surgery

bResearch, Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen

cDepartment of Orthopedic Surgery, Tergooiziekenhuizen, Hilversum, The Netherlands

Correspondence to Bas P. Mollen, MSc, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sint Maartenskliniek, Postbus 9011, 6500 GM Nijmegen, The Netherlands Tel: +31 24 365 2612; fax: +31 24 365 96 74; e-mail:

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