Volkmann Contracture Workup

Updated: Mar 29, 2019
  • Author: John A Kare, MD; Chief Editor: Murali Poduval, MBBS, MS, DNB  more...
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Workup

Radiography

Radiographs of the humerus, elbow, and forearm are useful for assessing the amount of displacement of supracondylar fractures and combined radial and ulnar fractures (see the images below). Nondisplaced supracondylar fractures rarely cause Volkmann contracture.

Volkmann contracture. Supracondylar fracture. Volkmann contracture. Supracondylar fracture.
Volkmann contracture. Supracondylar fracture. Volkmann contracture. Supracondylar fracture.