Ortho Dx: Open fracture to the elbow - Clinical Advisor

Ortho Dx: Open fracture to the elbow

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A patient, aged 53 years, presented to the emergency department with an open fracture to the distal one-third humerus.

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The median nerve is most likely to be injured with supracondylar elbow fractures.  Physical exam findings with a median nerve injury may include weakness in wrist and finger flexion, and lack of sensation to the thumb, ring, and long fingers....

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The median nerve is most likely to be injured with supracondylar elbow fractures. 

Physical exam findings with a median nerve injury may include weakness in wrist and finger flexion, and lack of sensation to the thumb, ring, and long fingers.

Dagan Cloutier, MPAS, PA-C, practices in a multispeciality orthopedic group in the southern New Hampshire region and is editor in chief of the Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants (JOPA). 

References

  1. Wheeless CR. “Neurological deficits following supraondylar fractures.” Duke Orthopaedics. Last updated 12/09/2014 from http://www.wheelessonline.com/ortho/neurologic_deficits_following_supracondylar_frx.
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