Orthopedics Book


Nursemaid's Elbow

Aka: Nursemaid's Elbow, Pulled Elbow, Radial Head Subluxation
  1. General
    1. Radial head subluxed beneath orbicular ligament
  2. Epidemiology
    1. Most common between age 1-3 years
    2. Rare after 6 years old
  3. Mechanism
    1. Results from longitudinal traction on hand
      1. Elbow extended
      2. Forearm pronated
    2. Often occurs when child lifted by wrist or hand
  4. Symptoms and Signs
    1. Audible snap may be heard with Radial Head Subluxation
    2. Arm is held motionless at side
      1. Slight flexion
      2. Pronation
      3. Adduction
    3. Radial Head tender
  5. Imaging
    1. Elbow XRay Normal
  6. Management: Reduction
    1. Images
      1. ElbowNursemaidsReduction.jpg
    2. Technique 1
      1. Cup affected elbow with opposite hand
      2. Apply pressure over radial head
        1. Thumb in antecubital fossa
      3. Apply slight longitudinal traction by grasping wrist
      4. Supinate (palm up) and flex (to 90 degrees) Forearm
      5. Palpable click felt with reduction
    3. Technique 2 (higher efficacy than supination with flexion)
      1. Elbow held in flexion
      2. Examiner positions thumb over radial head
      3. Hyperpronate Forearm
      4. Macias (1998) Pediatrics 102(1): e10 [PubMed]
  7. Management: Post-reduction
    1. Child uses arm within 10-15 minutes
      1. Immobilization optional (Sling for 1-2 days)
    2. Child fails to use arm after 15 minutes
      1. Obtain Elbow XRay to rule out concomitant Fracture
      2. Elbow XRay normal but child still not using arm
        1. Posterior splint and sling
        2. Re-evaluate in 24 hours

Pulled elbow (C0149977)

Concepts Injury or Poisoning (T037)
ICD9 832.2
ICD10 S53.03
SnomedCT 393609003, 95854004, 417109008
English Radial head subluxation, subluxation of radial head (diagnosis), subluxation elbow joint radial head, subluxation of radial head, elbow strain, elbow nursemaid, head radial subluxation, Strain;elbow, elbow strained, elbow nursemaids, elbow strains, elbow nursemaid's, nursemaid's elbow, pulled elbow, subluxation radial head, goyrand's injury, nursemaid elbow, radial head subluxation, Subluxation of the radial heads, Nursemaid's elbow, Pulled elbow (diagnosis), subluxation joint elbow radial head pulled, Goyrand's injury, Malgaigne's luxation, Nursemaids' elbow, Pulled elbow, Pulled elbow (disorder), Subluxation of radial head (disorder), Subluxation of radial head
Czech Nursemaid's elbow
Dutch zondagsarmpje
French Coude de la bonne d'enfants
German Kindermaedchen-Ellenbogen
Hungarian Pronatio dolorosa infantum
Italian Gomito della bambinaia
Japanese ナースメイド肘, ナースメイドヒジ
Portuguese Cotovelo da ama-seca
Spanish Codo de niñera, codo de las niñeras, lesión de Goyrand, luxación de Malgaigne, luxación del codo (trastorno), luxación del codo, subluxación de la cabeza radial (trastorno), subluxación de la cabeza radial
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

You are currently viewing the original 'fpnotebook.com\legacy' version of this website. Internet Explorer 8.0 and older will automatically be redirected to this legacy version.

If you are using a modern web browser, you may instead navigate to the newer desktop version of fpnotebook. Another, mobile version is also available which should function on both newer and older web browsers.

Please Contact Me as you run across problems with any of these versions on the website.

Navigation Tree