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Isolated radial head dislocation, a rare and easily missed injury in the presence of major distracting injuries: a case report

Ulfin Rethnam*, Rajam SU Yesupalan and Salah S Bastawrous

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Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl, UK

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:38  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-1-38

Published: 29 June 2007


High velocity accidents can lead to major injuries – long bone fractures, abdominal trauma, pelvic fractures and chest injuries. These injuries can act as distracting factors during the initial assessment of a polytrauma patient and innocuous but significant smaller injuries can be missed. We present a rare case of isolated anterolateral radial head dislocation in a polytrauma patient.