Ossification centres of the elbow

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

There are six ossification centres of the elbow that appear and develop in a relatively reproducible fashion, and are key to assessment of the paediatric elbow radiograph. Timing of their appearance varies in the literature but an approximation is given below. A useful mnemonic to remember the order of development is CRITOL or CRITOE (see video below).


Upper limb anatomy
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rID: 22252
Section: Anatomy
Tags: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Elbow ossification centers
  • Elbow ossification centres

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