Sail sign due to radial head fracture

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad

Presentation

Right elbow trauma due to falling

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male

Vertical fracture of the radial head with elevation of the anterior fat pad are visible.

Case Discussion

Elevation of the anterior fat pad of the elbow on lateral x ray is compatible with hemarthrosis and usually due to radial head fracture in adults which create a silhouette similar to a billowing spinnaker sail from a boat.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.