Late presented case of distal humerus epiphyseal separation in a newborn

Prajwal Prabhudev Mane, Nikhil Subhash Challawar, Hitesh Shah

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Abstract

The incidence of traumatic bone injuries occurring during birth is rare (1 per 1000 live births). Of all long bone fractures, the humerus is one of the commonest bones to be involved. However, distal humeral epiphyseal separation is rare and has seldom been written up in case reports and small case series. It warrants some critical assessment and appropriate attention. This injury is sometimes missed as it is difficult to diagnose at initial presentation. It may be mistaken for dislocation of the elbow, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis or brachial plexus injury, owing to lack of movement of the upper limb. Knowledge of its clinical and radiological findings will enable the treating physician to diagnose it at the appropriate time. Masterful observation is adequate treatment for this condition, and leads to a better clinical and radiological outcome. Timely diagnosis with an optimistic prognosis will prevent unnecessary parental apprehension.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA40
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Volume2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016

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Humerus
Newborn Infant
Arm Injuries
Bone and Bones
Infectious Arthritis
Brachial Plexus
Bone Fractures
Wounds and Injuries
Live Birth
Osteomyelitis
Elbow
Upper Extremity
Observation
Parturition
Physicians
Incidence
Therapeutics

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Mane, Prajwal Prabhudev ; Challawar, Nikhil Subhash ; Shah, Hitesh. / Late presented case of distal humerus epiphyseal separation in a newborn. In: BMJ Case Reports. 2016 ; Vol. 2016.
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In: BMJ Case Reports, Vol. 2016, A40, 01.01.2016.

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