The terrible triad injury of the elbow

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Purpose of review: The purpose of this article is to provide a review of the pertinent anatomy as it pertains to the treatment of the 'terrible triad' elbow injury. Also, a standard surgical approach is outlined. It has become more apparent in recent literature that attention to all facets of this injury complex is important to optimize results. Recent findings: In the past year, a standard surgical approach to elbow fracture dislocations has been the main focus. Both the bony and soft tissue injuries associated with this injury pattern need to be addressed to restore stability and function to the elbow. Summary: When treating the terrible triad injury of the elbow, careful attention to bony and soft tissue injuries is essential. Using a systemic stepwise treatment approach will improve patient satisfaction and functional results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-270
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Orthopaedics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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