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Podcast #317: Elbow Dislocation

Emergency Medical Minute

Release Date: 04/11/2018

Author: John Winkler, M.D.

Educational Pearls:

●  Lower mechanisms of injury have a lower chance of an associated fracture or major ligament injury

●  One major concern is having a fracture fragment in the joint (can lead to chronic arthritic pain)

●  Evaluation should involve checking the neurovascular status of the arm and reduce the fracture as soon as possible. Immobilize arm in a sling and consult orthopedics if there is intra-articular involvement.



Mehta, JA; Bain, GI. (2004). Elbow dislocations in adults and children. ​Clinics in Sports Medicine.​ 23(4):609-27.