Fractures through the capitellum are rare injuries, particularly in
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
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.