Salvage of the head of the radius after fracture-dislocation of the elbow.


We describe a patient with a Mason type-III fracture of the head of the radius associated with traumatic dislocation of the elbow. The radial head was intact throughout its circumference despite being completely detached from the shaft and devoid of any soft-tissue attachments. Severe comminution of the radial neck prevented reconstruction by internal fixation and precluded prosthetic replacement of the head. The head was fixed to the shaft with a tricortical iliac-crest bone graft which replaced the neck. Two years later, the patient had a stable elbow with flexion from 10 degrees to 130 degrees. Radiologically, the head of the radius appeared to be viable and the bone graft had incorporated.

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@article{Chell1999SalvageOT, title={Salvage of the head of the radius after fracture-dislocation of the elbow.}, author={Julian Chell and Nick John Harris}, journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume}, year={1999}, volume={81 4}, pages={745-6} }