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VOLUME 7 , ISSUE 1 ( April, 2012 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Congenital radial head dislocation with a progressive cubitus valgus: a case report

Laurens Kaas, Peter A. A. Struijs

Keywords : Congenital radial head dislocation, Cubitus valgus, Elbow, Anomaly, Treatment, Review

Citation Information : Kaas L, Struijs PA. Congenital radial head dislocation with a progressive cubitus valgus: a case report. 2012; 7 (1):39-44.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-011-0126-z

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 30-04-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Congenital dislocation of the radial head is rare, although it is the most common congenital anomaly of the elbow. A concomitant progressive cubitus valgus of the elbow has not previously been described in literature. We describe a case of an 8-year-old girl with an unilateral congenital radial head dislocation with a progressive cubitus valgus of 35°, caused by a prematurely closing physis of the lateral humeral condyle. This might be caused by an increased pressure on the lateral physis by the anteriorly dislocated radial head. As no complaints or limitations were present, treatment was non-operative with clinical observation, with satisfactory results after a follow-up of 18 months. A concomitant progressive cubitus valgus can be present in patients with a congenital radial head dislocation. Non-operative treatment can provide satisfactory results.


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