Radial head fracture

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

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Patient Data

Age: 22 years
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

A large joint effusion is present (anterior fat-pad is elevated) an intra-articular fracture through the radial head with a 1 mm step/gap is noted. There is slight dorsal angulation of the radial head.

Case Discussion

Radial head fractures are usually managed non-operatively (sling, ROM limited by range) with operative management required for comminuted fractures or ones with a large intra-articular step. 

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Case Information

rID: 24158
Case created: 30th Jul 2013
Last edited: 31st Aug 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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