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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-165

Isolated anterior dislocation of the elbow in an adolescent

Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Mohammed L S Alotaibi
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, P.O. Box: 641, Abha
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jmsr.jmsr_40_20

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Although elbow dislocation is the most common dislocation in children, anterior elbow dislocation is considered to be rare. When it occurs rarely as an isolated elbow dislocation with no associated fractures. This report is about a case of isolated elbow dislocation with a rare mechanism of injury. A 14-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with an acute closed injury to her right elbow after her arm got caught and twisted in a washing machine. There was no associated neurovascular injury. A trial of closed reduction failed, so open surgical reduction was performed to avoid growth plate injury or fracture. Urgent open reduction was successful with a good outcome. Anterior elbow dislocation without fracture is a very rare injury and can occur with a vigorous twisting mechanism. Proper management is important to regain normal function. The aim of reporting this case is to emphasize that a rare isolated anterior elbow dislocation can occur by a twisting injury and an open reduction may be needed if a gentle closed reduction could not reduce it, to avoid growth plate injury in a skeletally immature patient.

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