Pediatric Open Posteromedial Fracture Dislocation of the Elbow Joint: A Case Report and Literature Review


Open posterior elbow dislocations (OPED) in children are rare, and are often accompanied by neurovascular injury. The purpose of this study is to report the case of a 10-year-old boy who sustained an OPED, which was an associated medial epicondyle fracture and distal radius fracture, without any neurovascular injury. Injuries were managed under general anesthesia. The outcome after 24 months was good. The current case is the first reported case of pediatric OPED without any neurovascular complication. The wrist must be checked systematically in OPED. Loss of extension and pronation must be considered at the midterm outcomes. Condylar osteochondrosis evolution requires a long-term evaluation.

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The authors would like to thank Dr. Sory Sidimé, Dr. Ange Bonaventure Sawadogo, and Mr. Seydou Diarra for their help.

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MD designed the study and wrote the paper. MD and HO performed the surgery. SO and HO evaluated the patient. PWD and MS reviewed the paper.

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Correspondence to Malick Diallo.

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Diallo, M., Soulama, M., Ouattara, H. et al. Pediatric Open Posteromedial Fracture Dislocation of the Elbow Joint: A Case Report and Literature Review. SN Compr. Clin. Med. (2021).

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  • Elbow
  • Open dislocation
  • Child
  • Outcome