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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2014, Article ID 636504, 3 pages
Case Report

Elbow Dislocation with Complete Triceps Avulsion

1Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen Medical Centre, West Block, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
2Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Glasgow Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK

Received 28 November 2013; Accepted 2 February 2014; Published 30 April 2014

Academic Editors: W. I. Faisham, M. Gotoh, J. Mayr, and P. Perrini

Copyright © 2014 S. V. Karuppiah and D. Knox. 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.


Radio-ulnar Fracture dislocation of the elbow is a high-energy trauma which can be associated with significant ligamentous injury in adults. We report an unusual triad of injury in a patient with avulsion injury of the triceps. This injury can be thought of as a variant of “terrible triad” with dislocation of radio-ulnar joint, radial head fracture, and medial collateral ligament injury with avulsion of the triceps. Elbow has to be stabilized with early repair of the ligaments for a successful outcome.