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Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow)

Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow) is a topic covered in the 5-Minute Pediatric Consult.

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Basics

Description

  • Cause of acute upper extremity immobility and elbow injury in young children that results from axial traction on an extended arm
  • Also called “nursemaid’s elbow,” “babysitter’s elbow,” “toddler elbow” “pulled elbow,” “annular ligament displacement”

Epidemiology

  • Most common upper extremity injury among children <6 years of age
  • Peak incidence: 2 to 3 years of age
  • Age range: 0 to 11 years of age

Risk Factors

  • Female sex
  • Obesity

General Prevention

Avoid pulling child by arm; lift child from axilla.

Pathophysiology

Annular ligament in young children is more loosely connected to radial head.

Etiology

“Pull” on the arm or axial traction results in displacement of the annular ligament over the radial head, trapping it in the radiocapitellar joint, causing pain and refusal to move arm.

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Citation

Cabana, Michael D., editor. "Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow)." 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 8th ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2019. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/618215/all/Radial_Head_Subluxation__Nursemaid_s_Elbow_.
Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow). In: Cabana MD, ed. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th ed. Wolters Kluwer; 2019. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/618215/all/Radial_Head_Subluxation__Nursemaid_s_Elbow_. Accessed April 25, 2019.
Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow). (2019). In Cabana, M. D. (Ed.), 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/618215/all/Radial_Head_Subluxation__Nursemaid_s_Elbow_
Radial Head Subluxation (Nursemaid’s Elbow) [Internet]. In: Cabana MD, editors. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Wolters Kluwer; 2019. [cited 2019 April 25]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/618215/all/Radial_Head_Subluxation__Nursemaid_s_Elbow_.
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