Elbow Dislocation in Emergency Medicine Workup

Updated: Jan 21, 2016
  • Author: James E Keany, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

Plain radiographs are essential prior to reduction of the suspected dislocation. Postreduction films should confirm opposition of the joint surfaces and should rule out previously unidentified fractures or entrapment of bony fragments within the joint space. [2]

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Other Tests

Arteriography should be performed for cases of suspected vascular injury.

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