Simple Anterior Dislocation of the Elbow - Case Report Lee Bong-Jin; Lee Sung-Rak; Kim Seong-Tae;
An anterior dislocation of the elbow without a fracture of the olecranon is an extremely rare injury. This paper reports a 36-year-old male who stumbled and fell on his outstretched hand during a soccer game. The anteroposterior and lateral radiographs indicated a simple anterior dislocation of the elbow, which was reduced using a closed method. The elbow joint was stable in the range of motion, but the sensation of the two ulnar digits was still reduced. MRI was useful for the identification of the pathoanatomy. At the follow-up examination three months after the initial trauma, the hypesthesia has fully recovered and the patient regained the full range of the elbow and forearm motion without pain and instability. After 18 months, the patient had a normal elbow function, and could play various sports. If an anterior elbow dislocation is detected early, a closed reduction with careful pathoanatomical considerations would be successful.