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Elbow Arthrography 

Elbow Arthrography
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Elbow Arthrography
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Matthew DelGiudice

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190938178.003.0099
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date: 28 January 2022

Chapter 99 describes indications, technique, and imaging findings of elbow arthrography. Elbow arthrography is selectively performed for MR arthrography (MRA), typically in younger patients for evaluation of ligamentous (ulnar or radial collateral ligaments) injuries and osteochondral lesions. Indications also include therapeutic injections. The posterior transtriceps approach is preferred when the clinical concern is for radial collateral ligament injury. Contrast should easily inject and disperse throughout the joint. Contrast opacifies the anterior (coronoid), posterior (olecranon), and periradial (annular) recesses, which are easily depicted on lateral radiograph. Complications are rare but include infection and bleeding.

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