Anterior elbow dislocation with potential compartment syndrome: a case report

Alfonso Queipo-de-Llano Temboury, Jorge Mariscal Lara, Antonio Fernadez-de-Rota, Enrique Queipo-de-Llano
Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery 2007, 11 (1): 18-23
Anterior elbow dislocation is an infrequent lesion, usually produced by direct trauma to the proximal ulna after a fall on the elbow in flexion, and is often associated with soft tissue injuries. The authors report a case of a complex injury produced by a high-energy trauma in the right arm of a 65-year-old patient. His limb was trapped inside an industrial spin-dryer, resulting in a closed anterior elbow dislocation, diaphyseal ulnar shaft, radial styloid process fractures, and an associated compartment syndrome. The injury mechanism and its treatment are described to better manage the soft tissue injury and early elbow mobilization using the FEARM hinged external fixator. A good result was achieved, with almost complete restoration of the patient's arm functions, and he has returned to his previous working activities.

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