Fractures involving the elbow joint, if not properly treated, will often result in impairment of function, amounting in some cases to complete ankylosis, and when we consider that even slight limitation of the movements of this joint may incapacitate an individual from following the trade of his choice, it behooves us to not neglect even apparently trivial injuries of this joint. Motion is limited by either a malposition of the fragments, the overproduction of callus or the interposition of bone fragments in the joint cavity.
The overproduction of callus is sometimes difficult to avoid; but unless the bone be comminuted we can maintain the proper relation of fragments by either nails, wire, staples or plates, and any piece of bone which finds its way into the joint cavity should be removed. Opening of the joint is fraught with much less danger, so far as the
BARBAT JH. FRACTURES INTO AND ABOUT THE ELBOW JOINT.. JAMA. 1903;XL(14):885–887. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490140001001
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