Journal article

The 'floating elbow' in children. Simultaneous supracondylar fractures of the humerus and of the forearm in the same upper limb.

PA Templeton, HK Graham

J Bone Joint Surg Br | Published : 1995

Abstract

During a six-year period we prospectively studied eight children who presented with supracondylar fractures of the humerus and of the forearm on the same side. They were treated by prompt closed reduction, percutaneous fixation with Kirschner wires, and appropriate management of neurovascular and soft-tissue injuries. The results were assessed clinically and radiographically at a minimum of 12 months after injury. According to a clinical scoring system they were acceptable in seven children and poor in one.