Complex soft tissue injuries following elbow dislocation

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


MRI obtained 4 days after closed reduction of a posterior elbow dislocation sustained in a fall on the stairs.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Patient had to be scanned with a 90° long arm cast, therefore slightly atypical planes. 

Complex injury involving osseous (posterior capitulum and radial head infractures), capsuloligamentous (anterior, medial and lateral capsule with respective collateral ligament ruptures), and myotendinous (complete avulsion of the flexor and partial rupture of the extensor origins at the medial and lateral epicondyles, brachialis muscle fiber tear) components of the joint.

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Case information

rID: 17324
Published: 3rd Apr 2012
Last edited: 10th May 2020
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