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Current Approach to the Management of Forearm and Elbow Dislocations in Children

Gottlieb, Michael MD, RDMS; Suleiman, Linda I. MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001805
CME Review Article

Pediatric orthopedic injuries are a common reason for presentation to the emergency department. This article sequentially discusses 2 important upper extremity injuries that require prompt management in the emergency department. Radial head subluxations are discussed with a focus on current evidence for imaging, reduction techniques, and follow-up. Elbow dislocations, although less common than radial head subluxations, are also addressed, highlighting imaging, reduction, immobilization, and follow-up recommendations.

Assistant Professor and Director of Ultrasound (Gottlieb), Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Assistant Professor (Suleiman), Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

The authors, faculty, and staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity and their spouses/life partners (if any) have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial organizations relevant to this educational activity.

Reprints: Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, 1750 West Harrison St, Suite 108 Kellogg, Chicago, IL 60612 (e-mail:

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