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J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1997 Feb;79(2):225-33.

Rotatory instability of the elbow. The anatomy and role of the lateral stabilizers.

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Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis 46260, USA.


Posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow has been attributed to disruption of the ulnar part of the lateral collateral ligament. Forty fresh cadavera were studied to define the ligamentous anatomy of the lateral aspect of the elbow specifically as it relates to rotatory instability. The dissections revealed a broad conjoined insertion of the lateral collateral and annular ligaments onto the proximal aspect of the ulna. This insertion was bilobed (type I) in twenty-two specimens and broad (type II) in eighteen specimens. Serial sectioning studies revealed primary and secondary stabilizers of the lateral aspect of the elbow. In addition to the lateral collateral ligament and the annular ligament, the extensor muscle origins provide stability through fascial bands and intermuscular septa.

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