Multiple rare causes of post-traumatic elbow stiffness in an adolescent patient: A case report and review of literature.


Department of Orthopedics, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410011, Hunan Province, China. [Email]


BACKGROUND : Joint stiffness after elbow surgery is not a rare complication, and is always accompanied by deformity. The causes of joint stiffness are multiple in different patients, and divided into intrinsic and extrinsic causes. Herein, we report an unusual case of posttraumatic elbow stiffness due to multiple and rare causes.
METHODS : A 19-year-old male was hospitalized with the loss of motion of the left elbow for over ten years. Left limb computed tomography revealed left elbow stiffness with bony block and connection. The patient underwent surgery, and the etiology of joint stiffness was found to be a rare combination of common and uncommon causes. During an 18-mo follow-up period, the patient's left elbow had normal motion and he was symptom-free.
CONCLUSIONS : However, this case combined with multiple and rare causes highlights that the patient with scar physique is likely to be accompanied with more severe soft tissue, nerve contracture, and heterotypic ossification, even during recurrence.


Case report,Contracture,Elbow stiffness,Open surgery,Post-traumatic,Radial nerve,Scar,Ulnar neuritis,