Supracondylar fracture - occult

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Elbow pain post fall.

Patient Data

Age: 10 years
Gender: Female

Large joint effusion. No fracture is identified. Normal skeletal alignment. 


Marrow edema through the supracondylar region of the distal humerus with corresponding PD low signal fracture line. Lipohemarthrosis. 

Case Discussion

In the pediatric age group, a large joint effusion is a supracondylar fracture until proven otherwise.
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Case information

rID: 68423
Published: 30th May 2019
Last edited: 16th Dec 2019
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