Published online Jul 18, 2018. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v9.i7.100
Peer-review started: May 5, 2018
First decision: June 6, 2018
Revised: June 15, 2018
Accepted: June 28, 2018
Article in press: June 28, 2018
Published online: July 18, 2018
Anterior transolecranon dislocation of the elbow is rarely observed in children, reported in only a small series. The present case involves an anterior transolecranon dislocation of the left elbow joint in a 7-year-old child, which was surgically treated. Two attempts of closed reduction failed because the radial head had buttonholed via the joint capsule. After its release, open reduction was easily performed; osteosynthesis of the olecranon was not performed. Remarkably, good result was obtained, despite a mild flexion deformity at the last follow-up. This case report aims to highlight this treatment method, which may be considered for such an uncommon injury.
Core tip: Anterior transolecranon dislocation is rarely observed in children and rarely reported in the literature. This case shows that the management of this injury can be difficult, requiring surgery with or without osteosynthesis of the olecranon.