Radial neck fractures

Radial neck fractures are, together with the radial head fractures, relatively common injuries, especially in adults, although they can be occult on radiographs. 

Radiographic features

Plain radiograph

The elbow is typically radiographed in AP and lateral projections, although an oblique view is very frequently also obtained to better visualise the radial head (see elbow radiography).

The images generally show the loss of the mild concave curvature of the anterior cortex of the base of the radial head creating an abrupt offset between the radial head and neck 1. An elbow joint effusion will almost always be present. 

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rID: 45151
Section: Pathology
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Radial neck fracture

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