Posterior radial head dislocation without ulnar fracture

J Orthop Trauma. 1990;4(4):458-62.


Posterior radial head dislocation without an ulnar fracture in an adult is a rare injury. The pathology is often unrecognized initially. The patient's resultant elbow motion becomes severely compromised. Prompt diagnosis and reduction of the dislocation yield excellent results. A review of the biomechanical studies of the elbow ligaments enables us to propose a pathophysiological model of this injury, and a case report and review of the literature are presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging*
  • Joint Dislocations / pathology
  • Joint Dislocations / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Radius / diagnostic imaging
  • Radius / injuries*