Capitellar Fractures Clinical Presentation

Updated: Jul 10, 2020
  • Author: Janos P Ertl, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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History

The patient is usually elderly or middle-aged and presents following a fall onto an outstretched extremity or following direct trauma to the elbow. The primary complaints are as follows:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Decreased elbow range of motion (ROM)
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Physical Examination

Pain, swelling, and tenderness that are localized to the lateral elbow are evident on physical examination. Any attempt at flexion or extension motion is resisted, and the pain is accentuated with forearm rotation. Examination of the shoulder and wrist is mandatory to exclude associated injuries.

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