Radial head fracture

Case contributed by Dr Derek Smith


Fall onto right side. Impact against upper arm / shoulder. Tender down arm. ? humeral fracture

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

No humeral fracture.

Normal shoulder joint.

Probable anterior elbow effusion and suspicious lucency through radial head.


The lateral elbow view confirms the effusion and causative radial head fracture.

Case Discussion

Remember to examine the whole study when looking at cases in exams. Similar to the orthopedic mantra of "the joint above and below".

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Case information

rID: 62103
Published: 1st Aug 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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