Olecranon fracture

Case contributed by Henry Knipe
Diagnosis certain


Fall from more than 10 meters. Tender swollen right arm and hand.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Female

Mobile study in ICU


Displaced olecranon fracture extending to the articular surface. Radial head appears enlocated. 

Case Discussion

It is easiest to diagnose an olecranon fracture on lateral projections. Always check for commonly associated injuries (which are absent in this case) such as radial head dislocation, coronoid process or distal humerus fractures. 

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