Ipsilateral Radial Head Dislocation And Proximal One-Third Radial Shaft Fracture In An Adult: A Case Report

Jagdeep Singh1, *, Anoop Kalia2, Anshul Dahuja1
1 Department of orthopaedics, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, Guru Nanak Dev Super Speciality Hospital, Tarn taran, Punjab, India

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Dislocation of the radial head in adults is quite uncommon. A simultaneous dislocation of the radial head with a fracture of ipsilateral shaft radius without any other associated injury is even rare.

Case Presentation:

We are reporting a case of a young adult male who was operated for proximal one-third radial shaft fracture at some peripheral centre by Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF), but came to our centre on the fourth post-operative day with complaints of painful restricted movements of the elbow joint. On careful look at the postoperative x-ray, radial head was found to be dislocated. Radial head dislocation was reduced under general anesthesia and at 2 years follow up, patient fracture has fully united having good functional outcome.


Traumatic dislocation of radial head with ipsilateral fracture shaft radius is a rare injury in adults and it is very important to timely diagnose it and manage it appropriately in order to give good functional outcome to the patient.

Keywords: Isolated, Radial head, Dislocation, Ipsilateral, Fracture shaft Radius, Proximal.