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.
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).
- 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.