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Elbow extension as a ‘rule-out’ tool for significant injury
Institution: Devon and Exeter Foundation NHS Trust, Exeter, Devon, UK
A 35-year-old man presents to the emergency department complaining of pain in his left elbow, having fallen onto his outstretched hand. On examination he can fully extend the elbow on the affected side. You have heard that full elbow extension can be used as a ‘rule-out’ tool for significant injury and you wonder whether there is any value in obtaining an x-ray.
In (adults with elbow injuries) does (the ability to fully extend the injured limb) exclude the possibility of (significant injury)?
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