Published online Apr 18, 2018. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v9.i4.65
Peer-review started: November 11, 2017
First decision: December 11, 2017
Revised: December 21, 2017
Accepted: March 1, 2018
Article in press: March 2, 2018
Published online: April 18, 2018
Core tip: Elbow snapping is medial or lateral. Medial snapping is caused by dislocation of the ulnar nerve or a part of the triceps tendon, demonstrated clinically and by dynamic ultrasonography. Treatment is transposition of the nerve and/or resection of the snapping tendon. Lateral snapping is intra-articular by a synovial plica, a torn annular ligament or a meniscus-like remnant from the foetal elbow, demonstrated by arthrography, magnetic resonance arthrography, high resolution magnetic resonance imaging or arthroscopy. Treatment is arthroscopic resection. Early surgical intervention is recommended to reduce tissue damage. Medial snapping promoted by repeated, loaded activities might be treated by activity reduction.