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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2012, Article ID 478214, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/478214
Case Report

Elbow Arthroscopy: Review of the Literature and Case Reports

Department of Orthopaedics, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India

Received 27 July 2012; Accepted 18 October 2012

Academic Editors: E. R. Ahlmann and A. Jawahar

Copyright © 2012 Prakash Khanchandani. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Elbow arthroscopy, though described first in 1930s, gained popularity only in the last 3 decades. There has been a steady expansion in the clinical applications of elbow arthroscopy owing to the significant improvements in instrumentation and arthroscopic skills. The procedure which was mainly used for diagnostic purpose, loose body removals, and synovial biopsy has now become an important tool for managing elbow arthritis, stiff elbow, and trauma. However, this procedure has a higher incidence of neurological complications and hence case selection and surgeon’s expertise are of utmost importance.