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Elbow Case 1 Diagnosis

Olecranon fracture


The diagnosis is usually easily made by plain films. The lateral view will be of most diagnostic value. The degree of comminution, extent of articular surface disruption, and amount of displacement in the 90-degree flexion position should be noted. Displacement of more than 2 mm is an indication for surgery. A fracture line that displaces with flexion of the elbow is considered a displaced fracture.