Type I Supracondylar Frx of the Humerus

- Discussion:
    - undisplaced or minally displaced frx;
    - lateral view: anterior humeral line remains intact but a posterior fat pad sign may be present;
    - frx may be seen on oblique x-ray;
    - treatment:
          - treated w/ immobilization in long arm splint w/ elbow flexed;
          - flexion of upto 120 deg renders frx more stable but also increases risk of neurovascular compromise;
          - in non-displaced frx elbow should probably be flexed no > 90 deg;
          - w/ neurovascular compromise, must avoid elbow flexion, until neurovascular status of limb returns to normal

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Friday, January 4, 2013 11:29 am