Essex-Lopresti fracture-dislocation

Dr Craig Hacking and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Essex-Lopresti fracture-dislocations comprise of a comminuted fracture of the radial head accompanied by dislocation of the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ). The force of trauma is transmitted down the forearm through the interosseous membrane causing disruption. The DRUJ injury may be missed leading to permanent wrist pain and stiffness.

History and etymology

It is named after Peter Gordon Essex-Lopresti (1916-1951), a trauma surgeon at Birmingham accident hospital, England 2.

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rID: 1300
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Essex lopresti fracture dislocation

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