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Peds elbow dislocations

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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Justus Lieber, Sabine M Zundel, Tobias Luithle, Jörg Fuchs, Hans-Joachim Kirschner
Traumatic posterior dislocation of the elbow is often associated with significant morbidity and incomplete recovery. The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyse the outcome of 33 children (median age 10.8 years). Patients underwent reduction and assessment of stability under general anaesthesia. Pure dislocations (n=10) were immobilized, whereas unstable fractures (n=23) were stabilized. Refixation of ligaments was performed if stability was not achieved by fracture stabilization alone. Immobilization was continued for 26 (pure dislocations) or 35 days (associated injuries), respectively...
September 2012: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
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