Nonunion of a Nondisplaced Radial Neck Fracture: A Case Report

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Abstract

Case:

We describe the case of a 66-year-old man who sustained a nondisplaced radial neck fracture and subsequently developed a symptomatic nonunion. After a period of unsuccessful conservative treatment, a radial head resection was performed.

Conclusion:

Radial neck fractures, unlike their radial head counterparts, have a low rate of nonunion. Our patient’s only positive risk factor was age, but he developed a nonunion. At the 2-year follow-up after excision of the radial head, there was a lack of proximal migration of the radius during axial loading, demonstrating a positive outcome without the need for replacement of the radial head.

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