Olecranon fracture

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Fall onto elbow. Pain and swelling.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Elbow x-rays

A fracture of the olecranon is present with extensive soft tissue swelling.  The remainder of the elbow joint is unremarkable.


Two pins and wire transfix the fracture through the olecranon process in good position. Fracture healing is well advanced with interval callus formation present. No joint effusion is noted.

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of an olecranon process avulsion fracture, with internal reduction and fixation. 

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Case information

rID: 18065
Published: 4th Jun 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Tag: elbow
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