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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2016, Article ID 5934281, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5934281
Case Report

Successful Closed Reduction of a Lateral Elbow Dislocation

Department of Orthopedics, Nagano Prefectural Suzaka Hospital, Suzaka, Nagano, Japan

Received 1 September 2016; Revised 23 November 2016; Accepted 4 December 2016

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2016 Kenya Watanabe 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.

Abstract

In this report, we present a case of lateral elbow dislocation treated with closed reduction. Lateral elbow dislocation is rare, and a closed reduction is reported with even less frequency. The reduction can be hindered by swelling and soft tissue interposition, and we describe the use of a nonoperative reduction technique performed under mild sedation with early physiotherapy to avoid joint stiffness. No additional complication was observed, and the normal range of elbow movement and function was obtained by early physiotherapy.