Terrible Triad of the Elbow

Seth D. Dodds, Thomas Fishler

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The terrible triad of the elbow is a difficult injury with historically poor outcomes. Improved experience, techniques, and implants have advanced to the point where restoration of elbow stability can be expected. Careful attention to each destabilizing element of the injury pattern is essential and places high demands on the surgeon's mastery of the anatomic complexity of the elbow. Technically, the surgeon must bring every skill to bear, as soft tissue techniques, fracture repair, and joint arthroplasty are routinely required to adequately treat these complex constellations of injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Elbow
  • Proximal radioulnar
  • Radiocapitellar
  • Terrible triad
  • Ulnohumeral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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