Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-82

Lateral dislocation of the elbow: a report of two cases and literature review

Department of Orthopedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

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Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu
Department of Orthopedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/2468-5674.183006

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Elbow dislocation is the most common dislocation, but most elbow dislocations are posterolateral or posterior. Pure lateral elbow dislocation is rare and often under recognized. It is necessary to assess the radiographic status and clinical features for diagnosis and appropriate management of pure lateral elbow dislocation. The position of the affected extremity at the time of injury and the characteristics and impact of forces over the injured part determine the pattern and direction of subluxation/dislocation of the elbow. We reported two adult cases of lateral elbow dislocation who received closed reduction, splinting and supervised physiotherapy. Lateral ligament complex injury was also managed conservatively. Good functional outcomes with evident limitation of movement were obtained during the follow-up period. No residual instability or re-dislocation was noted.

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