All Monteggia fracture-dislocations require an urgent orthopedic assessment. Reduction is always required. Delayed or missed diagnosis is the most frequent. Monteggia fractures account for approximately 1% to 2% of all forearm fractures. Distal forearm fractures are far more frequent than midshaft. Monteggia fracture-dislocations consist of a fracture of the ulnar shaft with concomitant dislocation of the radial head. The ulnar fracture is usually obvious.

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Powered By Decision Support in Medicine. The results suggest that when stable anatomic fixation is achieved, results are better than previous reports. HPI – previous elbow injury 3 y ago treated in slab. An anteroposterior and lateral fracturr will usually identify the injury.

Scherl S, Schmidt A. Larger coronoid fragments may be captured with individual appropriately sized screws. Plastic deformation of the ulna. These risk factors correlate with a bimodal occurrence with the highest incidence occurring in young males Momteggia, Monteggia – StatPearls.

This video describe the clinical presentation and XR findings in Monteggia fract The osseous forearm is composed of the radius and ulna bones. This is why litigation is common. While rare in children, global elbow instability in adult Monteggia injuries is not uncommon due to concomitant disruption of ligamentous structures and fractures of the radial head, capitellum or coronoid. Several surgeries may be needed to correct this type of fracture as it is almost always a very complex fracture that requires a skilled orthopedic surgeon, usually a ‘specialist’, familiar with this type of injury.

Hyperflexion of the elbow to maintain reduction should be avoided, as the swollen tissues may compromise the traversing brachial artery and lead to decreased perfusion pressure.


Once clinical and radiographic healing has occurred, generally after weeks, the cast is removed and gradual return to activities is encouraged. A full neurologic, vascular and compartment exam should be performed before and after reduction.

Intra-operative fluoroscopic arthrogram may be the more expedient choice in this scenario. In conjunction with the bimodal distribution, diaphyseal forearm fractures in young males are commonly due to high-energy trauma, for example, falls from height, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and fractures in elderly females are due to low-energy trauma such as a ground level fall. Ten year old girl with type I Monteggia fracture-dislocation.

Radiographic reading Radiocapitellar line: Normal ulna with straight border red line. Formal physiotherapy is rarely needed in the pediatric population, but elbow range of motion may take several months for complete recovery. Pediatrics Children usually have better overall outcomes than adults.

Maisonneuve fracture Le Fort fracture of ankle Bosworth fracture. Introduction The forearm is a vital structure in the human body that is essential for completing activities of daily living. The complexity of Monteggia fractures leads to fractjre variety of outcomes.

Missing the pediatric Monteggia leads to poor results. Gracture is the most appropriate treatment? Basilar skull fracture Blowout fracture Mandibular fracture Nasal fracture Le Fort fracture of skull Zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture Zygoma fracture. Management of the radiocapitellar joint In the vast majority of both pediatric Monteggia variants, reduction of the ulna leads to spontaneous reduction of the radial head.

Technological advances in radiography and fracture research have helped to better define, classify, and guide operative management. Complications related to adult Monteggia fractures include those so frequently encountered in elbow trauma. A radial head dislocation is evident as shown by the radiocapitellar line white line.

Monteggia Fractures – Trauma – Orthobullets

Caution should be used when progressing motion in the setting of suspect fracture stability due to comminution and osteoporosis. Etiology Monteggia fractures most mobteggia result from a direct blow to the forearm with the elbow extended and forearm in hyperpronation.


Radial head dislocation and subtle ulnar bow. Monteggia fracture dislocation Monteggia fracture.

Monteggia Fracture – Pediatric

Josten C, Freitag S. D ICD – Most of these fractures will be treatable non-operatively. Lateral montfggia of the radial head with fracture of the ulna metaphysis. Gentle active-assist elbow range of motion is typically initiated at days postoperatively.

Distal forearm fractures are far more frequent than midshaft forearm fractures, which occur in about 1 to 10 per 10, people per year.

Evaluation and Management of Monteggia Fractures – Cancer Therapy Advisor

Do I need to refer to orthopaedics now? Rahij Anwar, Kenneth W. Diagnostic Workup History and physical exam begins any assessment. Core Tested Community All. For Babo type 2 fractures the elbow should be splinted at degrees. Retrieved from ” https: Inquire about numbness, weakness, paresthesias, and radiating pain.

A heavy K wire or appropriate elastic nail, just smaller than the isthmus of the ulna is then introduced through the medullary canal in an farcture fashion to just shy of the fracture. A Monteggia fracture-dislocation refers to dislocation of the radial head proximal radioulnar joint with fracture of the ulna.

The forearm may look deformed if the ulna fracture is displaced. Stiffness may result from prolonged immobilization. Edit article Share article View revision history. A line drawn down the shaft of the radius should point to the center of the capitellum radiocapitellar line in both AP and lateral x-ray fractute to exclude joint dislocation.

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