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The Monteggia lesion

  • A. Vaccari
  • A. Montorsi
  • F. Boselli
  • A. Folloni
  • C. Cordella
Part of the Current Concepts in Orthopaedic Surgery book series (ORTHOP.SURGERY, volume 2)


The Monteggia lesion is named after Giovanni Battista Monteggia, who first reported it in 1814 (13). He defined it as a traumatic lesion featuring a fracture of the proximal ulna and an anterior dislocation of the proximal epiphysis of the radius. In later years this theory was modified by other authors. In 1855, Malgaigne reported that fracture of the ulna at any level can be accompanied by proximal dislocation of the radius (12), an idea that Hamilton had already expressed in 1850 (8). These reports convinced many that the Monteggia fracture-dislocation, as had been described by the author, could not be considered an isolated lesion but rather a group of traumatic lesions that, according to Bado (1967), “have in common dislocation of the humeroradioulnar joint combined with ulnar fracture (2).”


Radial Head Anterior Dislocation Cast Immobilization Proximal Ulna Ulnar Fracture 
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  • A. Vaccari
  • A. Montorsi
  • F. Boselli
  • A. Folloni
  • C. Cordella

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