ANTONIA REEVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANTONIA REEVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Pinned broken elbow. Stapled elbow wound following treatment of a broken elbow by insertion of metal pins and a plate. This injury was a posterior fracture-dislocation of the oleacranon of the right elbow. The olecranon is the bony protrusion formed by the proximal (upper) end of the ulna, the larger of the two lower arm bones. The plate and screws (largely not seen, head of one screw at far left) hold the bone together as it heals. The staples hold the overlying skin and tissue together as they heal. Two skin abscesses are at upper right. For a series of X-rays and photographs of this injury, see C014/7724 to C014/7728.
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