Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fractured Elbow Evaluation

The evaluation of an elbow fracture begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with an elbow fracture may include:

  • Elbow deformity
  • Limited range of motion in the elbow
  • Painful range of motion in the elbow
  • Elbow swelling
  • In some cases, impaired circulation may be present.
  • Tenderness overlying the bones of the elbow

Testing is necessary to confirm this diagnosis of elbow fracture.

Tests that may be used to evaluate elbow fracture include:

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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