Terrible triad of the elbow

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


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Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Fracture-dislocation of the elbow:

  • ulnohumeral articulation is posteriorly dislocated
  • radial neck fracture that is severely displaced with the proximal fracture fragment rotated 90 degrees superiorly
  • bony fragments anterior to the trochlea and coronoid process are likely from the coronoid tip

Extensive soft tissue gas, indicative of open fracture.

Case Discussion

Terrible triad of the elbow consists of:

  • posterior elbow dislocation
  • radial head fracture
  • cornoid process fracture
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Case information

rID: 29646
Published: 11th Jun 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: trauma
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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