Monteggia fracture

A Monteggia fracture describes the combination of an ulna fracture in the forearm and a dislocation of the radius head from the elbow joint.


The most common cause is through falling onto the arm when it is outstretched.


Severe pain, swelling and tenderness.


Following a medical examination, a diagnosis is usually backed up by an X-ray to show the extent of the damage.


Treatment of a Monteggia fracture is usually done through fracture repair surgery to repair the ulna. However, sometimes a reduction of the radius (where it is placed back into the elbow socket) and a cast on the forearm is enough to allow healing to take place, particularly in younger people.