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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2019 Apr;35(4):293-298. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001805.

Current Approach to the Management of Forearm and Elbow Dislocations in Children.

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Assistant Professor and Director of Ultrasound (Gottlieb), Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Assistant Professor (Suleiman), Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.


Pediatric orthopedic injuries are a common reason for presentation to the emergency department. This article sequentially discusses 2 important upper extremity injuries that require prompt management in the emergency department. Radial head subluxations are discussed with a focus on current evidence for imaging, reduction techniques, and follow-up. Elbow dislocations, although less common than radial head subluxations, are also addressed, highlighting imaging, reduction, immobilization, and follow-up recommendations.

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