Elbow fractures

A 19-year-old female fell while bicycling at a high speed and sustained an open fracture (Grade IIIA) of the distal humerus and presented through the New York Presbyterian Emergency Department.

Radiographs revealed a left-sided complex bicondylar distal humerus fracture with segmental bone loss. Following multiple Irrigation and Debridement (I&D) procedures a spanning external fixator was placed for initial stabilization and a skin graft was also placed.

Operative reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) was performed at 2 weeks following her injury with placement of bone graft and multiple plates and screws. She returned for regular follow-up visits and had an excellent outcome.

At 25 months post-operative her radiographs reveal a healed distal humerus fracture and clinically she had no pain with range of motion of the left elbow from 0 to 110° with full supination and pronation.

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    Figure A

    Anteroposterior (AP) and lateral x-rays revealing a left-sided bicondylar distal humerus fracture.

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  • Figure B

    Figure B

    X-Rays following placement of a spanning external fixator.

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  • Figure C

    Figure C

    Pre-operative plan for placement of bone graft and plate and screw fixation placed in a 90/90 fashion.

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  • Figure D

    Figure D

    X-Rays at 25 months illustrating a healed distal humerus fracture.

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  • Figure E

    Figure E

    Clinical images at 25 months illustrating excellent range of motion.

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