The objective of this retrospective multicentre cohort study was to prospectively assess the long-term functional outcomes of simple and complex elbow dislocations.We analysed the hospital and outpatient records of 86 patients between 01.03.1999 and 25.02.2009 with an elbow dislocation. After a mean follow-up of 3.3 years, all patients were re-examined at the outpatient clinic for measurement of different outcomes.The mean range of motion was ROM 135.5 degrees . The Mayo elbow performance index (MEPI) scored an average of 91.9 (87.5% of the patients were rated excellent or good). The average Quick disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (Quick- DASH) score was 9.7, the sports/music score 11.5 and work score 6.1. The Oxford function score was 75.7, Oxford pain score 75.2 and Oxford social-psychological score 73.9.Elbow dislocation is a mild disease and generally, the outcome is excellent. Functional results might improve with early active movements.

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de Haan, J., Zengerink, J. F., den Hartog, D., Tuinebreijer, W., Buijtenen, J. van ., & Schep, N. (2010). Dislocation of the Elbow: A Retrospective Multicentre Study of 86 Patients. The Open Orthopaedics Journal, 4(2), 76–79. doi:10.2174/1874325001004020076