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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 5812353, 3 pages
Case Report

Irreducible Anteromedial Dislocation of Radial Head with Biceps Tendon Interposition

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital Lluís Alcanyís, Xàtiva, Valencia, Spain

Received 20 November 2015; Accepted 3 January 2016

Academic Editor: Stephan Vogt

Copyright © 2016 Vicente J. Climent-Peris et al. 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.


The case presents an isolated irreducible anteromedial dislocation of radial head due to biceps tendon interposition on a 14-year-old female patient. After an unsuccessful closed reduction, a lateral approach of the left elbow was carried out through Kocher’s interval. Given that no pathology was found on the radiohumeral joint, the approach was extended distally. This revealed that the biceps tendon was displaced laterally around the radial neck, preventing the reduction. Once the tendon was taken back to its anatomical position, the radial head reduction was performed successfully. The patient achieved a complete functional recovery. Possible injury mechanisms are discussed, as well as the importance of identifying such a rare injury.