Anterior elbow dislocation without fracture in an adult: a rare injury pattern

Sandeep Vijayan, Vijayaraghavan Chalappurath, Sudeep Jose, Sharath Kumar Rao

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Anterior elbow dislocation without periarticular fracture (simple dislocation) is an extremely rare injury and is usually caused by distraction or torsional forces. It is important to look for associated ligamentous and musculotendinous injuries in this pattern. We report an elderly patient who sustained simple anterior dislocation of the elbow and in whom successful closed reduction could be achieved. Reduction by closed method is possible if we know the exact mechanism of elbow injury. Despite the presence of medial collateral ligament injury, he was managed non-operatively and had full functional recovery. Checking for joint stability and collateral ligaments after reduction and getting additional radiological investigations help in better treatment planning. Early protected active mobilisation should be initiated to achieve better functional results.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere230115
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 30-09-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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