Medial epicondyle avulsion fracture

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Elbow pain after fall from height.

Patient Data

Age: 8 years
Gender: Female

The medial epicondyle is avulsed and is severely medially displaced. Marked posteromedial soft tissue swelling. 

CT confirms the severely displaced medial epicondyle avulsion fracture and marked soft tissue swelling. Small joint effusion is also present. 


Intra-operative image intensifier shows treatment with internal fixation with a single screw. 

Case Discussion

Medial epicondyle fractures are the most common elbow avulsion injuries in children. Careful consideration of the other ossifications should be performed, the trochlear ossification center is difficult to see on the x-ray but clearly present on the CT. 

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Case information

rID: 83447
Published: 24th Oct 2020
Last edited: 26th Nov 2020
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