Osteochondritis Dissecans of Elbow Joint Oh Jeong-Hwan; Choi Jin-Hyung; Park Jin-Young;
Osteochondritis dissecans is a common cause of lateral elbow pain in throwing athletes and gymnasts between the age of 10 and 15 years. The pain frequently is insidious and progressive in nature and is relieved with rest in most cases. Compressive forces at the radiocapitellar joint along with a tenuous blood supply to the region may play a role in the etiology of this condition. Treatment is directed according to presenting symptoms, radiographic findings and status of the involved segment. Surgical management involves either an excision of a loose lesion and removal of loose bodies or reattachment of an osteochondral fragment. The role of subchondral penetration of debridement of the defect after fragment excision is unclear. Whether to excise and debride or to fix an unstale fragment is a highly controversial topic. The clinician should recognize osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow as a potentially disabling condition where the prognosis for return to sport is guarded
Baumgarten TE, Andrews JR and Satterwhite Y E: The arthroscopic classification and treatment of osteochondritis dissecans of the capitellum. Am J Sports Med, 26: 520-530, 1998.