Pulled elbow in children: a case series including 66 patients


SEVENCAN A., Aygun U., İNAN U., Omeroglu H.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS-PART B, vol.24, no.5, pp.385-388, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

Abstract

Copyright (C) 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. The aim of this case series was to assess the data of 66 children (mean age 28 months) with a diagnosis of pulled elbow. The most common time interval of injury was 12-6p.m. and spring was the peak season. Children younger than 2 years of age had a higher rate of atypical injury history. A successful reduction by supination and flexion maneuver was achieved at the first attempt in 57 of 66 patients. The patients admitted to the hospital within the first 2h following the injury had a higher rate of successful reduction at the first attempt. The rate of radiographic examination was considerably high and a well-defined algorithm to avoid the complicacy in ordering a plain radiograph in such cases was suggested. All patients achieved full clinical recovery after a mean follow-up of 2 years, and recurrence was observed in 16 of 66 children.