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A Simple Case of a Small Elbow Effusion

Alqurashi, Waleed MD; Bhanji, Farhan MD; Mitchell, David MD; McGillivray, David MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181d1e74c
Illustrative Cases

An 11-month-old child presented with what initially appeared to be 2 simple problems, a small elbow effusion followed 1 week later by croup. This case history is presented to remind emergency medicine physicians of the importance of index of suspicion and recognition of the difference between common events occurring in a normal host versus common events occurring in an abnormal host.

From the Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Reprints: Waleed Alqurashi, MD, Department of Pediatrics, The Montreal Children's Hospital, Room C-426, 2300 Tupper St, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 1P3 (e-mail:

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.