Intercondylar fracture of the distal humerus

Case contributed by Dr Dalia Ibrahim

Presentation

Fall onto his elbow

Patient Data

Age: 13
Gender: Male

Displaced intercondylar fracture extending from the medial distal metaphysis into the trochlea with an intra-articular gap of 3 mm showing tiny interposed bone fragments. 

Case Discussion

Intercondylar fracture of the distal humerus is rare injury.

It is different from T or Y intercondylar  fracture,

It is likely to affect only the adolescent elbow because the main growth plates have fused and elasticity of cortical bone is maintained.

This type of fracture does not exist in the classification of elbow fractures.

It usually occurs from a direct blow onto a flexed elbow.

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Case information

rID: 32698
Case created: 9th Dec 2014
Last edited: 21st Jun 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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