The Radial Head Fractures

  • Michael W. Hartman
  • Scott P. Steinmann


Radial head fractures represent the most common fracture of the elbow in the adult population, accounting for 1.7%–5.4% of all adult fractures. Approximately 85% of these fractures occur in young, active individuals ranging in age from 20 to 60 years-old. Radial head fractures may occur in isolation or may be part of a more extensive traumatic elbow injury. An estimated 20% of all acute elbow injuries have an associated radial head fracture (Fig. 1). In elbow dislocations, a radial head fracture is commonly associated with other traumatic pathologies including medial collateral ligament (MCL) rupture, olecranon fracture, and/or coronoid fracture. Therefore, in the setting of trauma, the elbow must be carefully evaluated to rule out associated ligamentous and bony pathology.


Radial Head Medial Collateral Ligament Radial Head Fracture Annular Ligament Elbow Dislocation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Hartman
    • 1
  • Scott P. Steinmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic surgeryMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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