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Rare disease
Simultaneous bilateral elbow dislocation with bilateral medial epicondyle fractures in a 13-year-old female gymnast with hyperlaxity
  1. Stefan Bauer1,
  2. Ben Dunne2,
  3. Colin Whitewood1
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedics, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Princess Margaret Hospital of Children, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stefan Bauer, stef11bau{at}yahoo.co.uk

Summary

Bilateral simultaneous elbow dislocations are extremely rare and have only been described in 12 cases. In the paediatric population unilateral elbow dislocations are rare with 3–6% of all elbow injuries and there are only few studies describing this injury exclusively in children. There is only one case report of a paediatric patient who sustained a simultaneous bilateral elbow dislocation with medial epicondyle fractures. We present a second paediatric case of simultaneous bilateral elbow dislocation with associated displaced bilateral medial epicondyle fractures in a gymnast with joint hyperlaxity (3 of 5 Wynne-Davies criteria) treated with closed reduction and short-term immobilisation (3 weeks). The patient returned to full trampoline gymnastics between 4 and 5 months postinjury and made an uneventful recovery.

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