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Hand Clin. 2008 Feb;24(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2007.11.012.

Acute dislocations of the adult elbow.

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  • 1Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Jackson, MS 39202, USA.

Abstract

Despite the highly constrained nature of the elbow joint, dislocation is not uncommon. Uncomplicated (simple) dislocations are those that occur without fracture and usually can be managed successfully with closed reduction and early motion. Precise attention, however, should be given to the stability of the elbow immediately after reduction. Instability can persist in full extension and require modification in forearm rotation and limitation of full extension to maintain stability. Soft tissue injury can be severe, at times requiring surgical repair to maintain stability.

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18299016
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10.1016/j.hcl.2007.11.012
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