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Capitellar Fracture in a Child: The Value of an Oblique RadiographA Case Report
Ben B. Pradhan, MD, MSE1; Dimple Bhasin, MD2; Wilfred Krom, MD3
1 The Spine Institute at Saint John's Health Center, 1301 20th Street, Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404. E-mail address: bpradhanb@hotmail.com
2 Department of Radiology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group of Southern California, West Los Angeles Medical Center, 6041 Cadillac Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034
3 Orthopaedic Hospital, 2400 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
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The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.
Investigation performed at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles, California

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2005 Mar 01;87(3):635-638. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.B.2887pp
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Fractures through the capitellum are rare injuries, particularly in children1-6, and, to our knowledge, such an injury has not been reported in a young child. A lateral condylar physeal fracture with possible displacement of the capitellum is much more common in this population7-9. It is important to recognize a fracture of the body of the capitellum because, if such a fracture is undiagnosed and untreated, it may go on to cause substantial disability by limiting elbow motion1-6.To our knowledge, the youngest reported patient with a fracture through an unfused capitellum was eight years and eleven months old2. The most recent and largest study, consisting of seven patients, was reported by Letts et al. in 19976. The patients in that report were a mean of 14.7 years old, with the youngest patient being 11.6 years old.
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