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Elbow your way into reporting paediatric elbow fractures – A simple approach

Tracy Kilborn, Halvani Moodley, Stewart Mears
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 19, No 2 | a881 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v19i2.881 | © 2015 Tracy Kilborn, Halvani Moodley, Stewart Mears | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 June 2015 | Published: 18 December 2015

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Tracy Kilborn, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
Halvani Moodley, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
Stewart Mears, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

The evaluation of X-rays of the paediatric elbow in the setting of trauma is challenging. The difficulty arises from the complex developmental anatomy of the elbow, with its multiple ossification centres and the differences in the pattern of injuries between adults and children. It is essential to evaluate the radiographs systematically. This review will provide an overview of the developmental anatomy, the range of soft tissue and skeletal findings, and demonstrate tips and pitfalls in radiographic interpretation in paediatric elbow trauma.

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