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Fifteen-minute consultation: Assessing the child with an elbow injury
  1. Sarah Edwards1,2,
  2. Damian Roland3,4
  1. 1 East Midlands Emergency Medicine Educational Media (#EM3), Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  2. 2 Emergency Department, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  3. 3 Health Sciences, Leicester University, SAPPHIRE Group, Leicester, UK
  4. 4 Children’s Emergency Department, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah Edwards, East Midlands Emergency Medicine Educational Media (#EM3), Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK; drsarahedwards{at}


This article aims to provide a concise summary of the key considerations when assessing a child with an elbow injury. Elbow injuries are common with acute elbow trauma, accounting for 2%–3% of all visits to the emergency department. This article will cover history, examination and key X-ray findings, along with a brief guide to management. It is hoped this article will help healthcare professionals who assess children with elbow injuries. Our work is applicable to those both in the hospital and community setting.

  • elbow injury
  • supracondylar fracture
  • pulled elbow
  • accident & emergency
  • musculo-skeletal

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  • Contributors SE developed and wrote the article. DR reviewed and edited the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.