Management of Geriatric Elbow Injury

Naoko Onizuka, Julie Switzer, Chad Myeroff

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Approximately 4.1% of all fractures in the elderly involve the elbow. Most elbow injuries in geriatric patients occur as the result of low-energy mechanisms such as falls from standing height. Elbow injuries in elderly patients present complex challenges because of insufficient bone quality, comminution, articular fragmentation, and preexisting conditions, such as arthritis. Medical comorbidities and baseline level of function must be heavily considered in surgical decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-401
Number of pages21
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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All the authors have declared no conflict of interest for this article.


  • Distal humerus fracture
  • Elbow dislocation
  • Elbow trauma
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric trauma
  • Olecranon fracture
  • Radial head fracture
  • Terrible triad injury
  • Humeral Fractures/diagnosis
  • Elbow Joint/injuries
  • Humans
  • Radius Fractures/diagnosis
  • Joint Dislocations/diagnosis
  • Ulna Fractures/diagnosis
  • Olecranon Process/injuries
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal
  • Aged
  • Elbow/injuries

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Review
  • Journal Article


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