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Research Article

Pulled elbow: a study of 100 patients.

Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: (Published 21 June 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:672
  1. C M Illingworth


    Pulled elbow is a common condition but may not be recognized by practitioners unaware of its existence. Most of a series of 100 children with this condition were aged 1 or 2 years, and none were over 6 years. An important precipitating factor was the normal recalcitrance of the 1-3 age group. The three children who were over 5 years had all had earlier episodes which may have stretched the annular ligament. The wrist was the most common site of pain after the elbow. A single manipulation was successful in 96 cases but multiple manipulations may be needed.