Elbow fracture

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Fractured elbow in a child (ulnar shaft) with joint effusion of elbow
Normal elbow in same child, other side

Elbow fractures are any broken bone around the elbow joint.They include among others:[1]

The terrible triad of the elbow (not to be confused with the terrible triad of the knee) is a combination of:[2]

The terrible triad of the elbow is confers joint instability and a major risk of developing osteoarthritis.[2]


  1. Daniel K Nishijima. "Elbow Fracture". Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Seijas R, Ares-Rodriguez O, Orellana A, Albareda D, Collado D, Llusa M (2009). "Terrible triad of the elbow" (PDF). J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 17 (3): 335–9. doi:10.1177/230949900901700319. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-03-20. Retrieved 2021-08-30.