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VOLUME 2 , ISSUE 1 ( April, 2007 ) > List of Articles


The “floating forearm” injury in a child: a case report

T. Gausepohl, K. Mader, S. Kirchner, D. Pennig

Keywords : Forearm injury, Elbow fracture dislocation, Hinged external fixation, Floating elbow injury

Citation Information : Gausepohl T, Mader K, Kirchner S, Pennig D. The “floating forearm” injury in a child: a case report. 2007; 2 (1):48-54.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-007-0017-5

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-09-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).


The case of a eleven-year-old girl who had a fracture dislocation of the left elbow with entrapment of the ulnar nerve into the dislocated ulnar epicondyle anlage and unstable forearm fracture of the ipslateral upper extremity is described. This severe injury to the elbow and the ipsilateral forearm is termed “floating forearm” injury. The forearm was stabilized percutaneously and the elbow fracture dislocation, remaining unstable after internal fixation was treated with a pediatric elbow fixator with motion capacity.

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