Elbow - Supracondylar fracture - Lateral

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Elbow - Supracondylar fracture - Lateral

  • This is the commonest elbow fracture in children
  • A joint effusion raises the anterior and posterior fat pads, indicating intra-capsular injury
  • Less than one third of the capitulum of the humerus lies in front of the anterior humeral line
  • The distal fracture fragment is pulled posteriorly by the triceps muscle
  • These signs indicate a fracture even if a fracture line is not visible

Elbow - Supracondylar fracture - AP

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Elbow - Supracondylar fracture - AP

  • The fracture line is also seen clearly on the AP image in this case