Terrible triad of the elbow

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Presentation

Fall directly onto left elbow with pain and deformity.

X-ray

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X-ray

Relocated, in plaster

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CT

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Case Discussion

Posterior elbow dislocation with fracture of the coronoid process and radial head fracture.

Given the poor prognosis for such injuries, they have been given the name of the "terrible triad of the elbow".

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Case information

rID: 10499
Published: 17th Aug 2010
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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