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VOLUME 10 , ISSUE 3 ( November, 2015 ) > List of Articles


Non-anatomical reconstruction of lateral ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow after tumor resection

Masuo Hanada, H. Kadota, T. Matsunobu, E. Shimada, Y. Iwamoto

Keywords : Elbow, Lateral ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, Radial forearm flap, Tumor wide resection

Citation Information : Hanada M, Kadota H, Matsunobu T, Shimada E, Iwamoto Y. Non-anatomical reconstruction of lateral ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow after tumor resection. 2015; 10 (3):195-199.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-015-0235-1

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


We present the case of an 80-year-old man with a tumor recurrence on his right arm 6 years after initial treatment. The lateral aspect of the elbow joint, involving overlaying skin, muscles, tendons, joint capsule, lateral collateral ligament complex, the lateral 1/3 of the capitellum, and lateral epicondyle of humerus were excised in the tumor resection. Intraoperative assessment revealed multidirectional instability of the elbow, and joint stabilization was needed. Because the lateral epicondyle was resected, graft placement in an anatomical position was impossible to carry out. Therefore, non-anatomical reconstruction of lateral ulnar collateral ligament with palmaris longus tendon graft was performed. The skin was reconstructed using an antegrade pedicled radial forearm flap. For wrist extension reconstruction, the pronator quadratus tendon was transferred to the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon. One year after the operation, elbow range of motion was 5–130°. The patient remains symptom free. The Mayo elbow performance score is good. The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society rating score is excellent. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an elbow lateral ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction after tumor resection.

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