Olecranon fracture

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa


Motorcylce accident. Polytrauma patient.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Elbow radiograph revealed an undisplaced non-comminuted olecranon fracture, there was no subluxation. This characterizes a Mayo type IA olecranon fracture.

Case Discussion

Olecranon fractures usually result from direct trauma to the olecranon itself, such as a fall from standing height onto the flexed elbow.

In the present case, however, the mechanism of trauma was complex as the patient was involved in a motorcycle accident and sustained multiple fractures.

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