Management of terrible triads

Dane H. Salazar, Jay D. Keener

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The term "terrible triad of the elbow" describes the combination of a traumatic elbow dislocation, radial head fracture, and associated coronoid fracture. This chapter focuses on the evaluation, treatment options, published outcomes, and complications of terrible triad injuries of the elbow. A systematic approach to the management of this injury complex is provided, with an emphasis on the understanding of the pathoanatomy and current surgical treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Unstable Elbow
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evidence-Based Approach to Evaluation and Management
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319460192
ISBN (Print)9783319460178
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Complex elbow dislocation
  • Elbow
  • Elbow fracture-dislocation
  • Elbow instability
  • Radial head fracture
  • Terrible triad


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