Medial Epicondyle Fractures

Medial Epicondyle fractures are another common type of elbow fracture seen in children.  The inside portion of the elbow is injured, frequently due to a fall on an outstretched hand. Medial epicondyle fractures are also frequently associated with elbow dislocations.  Sometimes, the fragment of bone can get trapped inside the elbow joint when the injury occurs with an elbow dislocation.

Medial epicondyle fractures sometimes require surgery.  Reasons for needing surgery for this fracture include fragment entrapment in the joint, elbow instability, and significant displacement of the fragment. If surgery is required, the fragment is repositioned and fixed with a screw or a pin. If no surgery is required, usually only a period of immobilization is required - typically 4-6 weeks.