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Radial Head Fractures


Radial head fractures can occur in isolation or as part of a more complex injury pattern with concomitant ligamentous or osseous disruption. Various treatment options exist and include non-operative, open reduction internal fixation, partial or complete radial head excision, and radial head replacement. A complete history and physical exam are essential including a careful assessment for concomitant injuries, and adequate imaging to characterize the fracture pattern and displacement are required for an appropriate selection of treatment. Currently, the literature does not support a clear treatment algorithm for the treatment of radial head fractures. Further research evaluating long-term follow-up will help guide optimal management of these injuries.


  • Elbow
  • Radius
  • Radial head fracture
  • Internal fracture fixation
  • Radial head arthroplasty

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Frank, T., King, G.J.W. (2020). Radial Head Fractures. In: Bain, G., Eygendaal, D., van Riet, R. (eds) Surgical Techniques for Trauma and Sports Related Injuries of the Elbow. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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