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BMJ Case Rep. 2019 Jul 21;12(7). pii: e231123. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2019-231123.

Treatment of complete ankylosed elbow with total arthroplasty.

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IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milano, Italia.


We reported the case of a 38-year-old patient who in 2017 presented to our institution after post-traumatic complete ankylosis of the elbow. He complained of stiffness and pain, and the radiographs revealed complete fusion of the humeroulnar joint. The Mayo Elbow Performance Score (MEPS) on admission was 31, and the elbow was fused at 90° flexed position. The patient underwent semiconstrained total elbow arthroplasty with Bryan-Morrey approach; after a 2.1 years follow-up, active arc of movement was 120°. The MEPS was excellent with a 100 points score, the patient was able to complete all activities of daily living. We did not report any complications. Total elbow arthroplasty has shown to be a good therapeutic option that make it possible to restore adequate functional range of motion and relieve pain in young patients with post-traumatic stiffness/arthritis of the elbow.


hip implants; orthopaedic and trauma surgery; osteoarthritis; physiotherapy (sports medicine); plastic and reconstructive surgery


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Competing interests: None declared.

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