Lateral humeral condyle fracture

Case contributed by Dr Sebastian Tschauner


Patient fell on his left arm. Presents with pain and reduced range of motion.

Patient Data

Age: 5 years
Gender: Male

Left elbow, initial examination

An undisplaced fracture of the lateral humeral condyle is seen. There is extensive soft tissue swelling and elbow joint effusion noted.


Left elbow, two weeks later

Compared to the initial radiographs, a secondary displacement of the lateral humerus condylar fragment is seen.

Case Discussion

Lateral humeral condyle fractures are a type of pediatric elbow injury, commonly unstable due to the radial head pushing onto the capitellum. Therefore, secondary displacement of the fracture fragment is seen more frequently in these cases.

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

rID: 52626
Published: 14th Apr 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Excluded from licensing

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.