Dislocation of the Elbow: A Retrospective Multicentre Study of 86 Patients
Jeroen de Haan1, Niels W.L Schep2, Imme Zengerink3, Jesse van Buijtenen1, Wim E Tuinebreijer4, Dennis den Hartog*, 2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 76
Last Page: 79
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-4-76
Article History:Received Date: 17/11/2009
Revision Received Date: 12/12/2009
Acceptance Date: 30/12/2009
Electronic publication date: 17/2/2010
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/) which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The objective of this retrospective multicentre cohort study was to prospectively assess the long-term functional outcomes of simple and complex elbow dislocations.
We analysed the hospital and outpatient records of 86 patients between 01.03.1999 and 25.02.2009 with an elbow dislocation. After a mean follow-up of 3.3 years, all patients were re-examined at the outpatient clinic for measurement of different outcomes.
The mean range of motion was ROM 135.5°. The Mayo elbow performance index (MEPI) scored an average of 91.9 (87.5% of the patients were rated excellent or good). The average Quick disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (Quick- DASH) score was 9.7, the sports/music score 11.5 and work score 6.1. The Oxford function score was 75.7, Oxford pain score 75.2 and Oxford social-psychological score 73.9.
Elbow dislocation is a mild disease and generally, the outcome is excellent. Functional results might improve with early active movements.