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Nursemaid's Elbow

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Basics

Description

The most common elbow injury in children <5 yr old.

Etiology

  • Sudden traction of the distal radius leads to a portion of the annular ligament slipping over the radial head and becoming trapped between the radius and the capitellum. Traction can occur by swinging the child, wrestling, and lifting the child by the arms.
  • By the time the child is 5 yr, the annular ligament is thick and strong and resists tearing and/or displacement.

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Citation

Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Nursemaid's Elbow." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307326/all/Nursemaid's_Elbow.
Nursemaid's Elbow. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307326/all/Nursemaid's_Elbow. Accessed April 25, 2019.
Nursemaid's Elbow. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307326/all/Nursemaid's_Elbow
Nursemaid's Elbow [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 25]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307326/all/Nursemaid's_Elbow.
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