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What is a sail sign on an elbow xray and what does it

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What is a sail sign on an elbow xray and what does it indicate
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

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Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

The sail sign describes the lifting of a pad of fat in the front part of the elbow to create a silhouette similar to a billowing spinnaker sail from a boat. It means that there is a fluid within the joint.

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

In adults it usually means that there is radial head fracture, and in children supracondylar fracture

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

Does that answer your question? :)

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

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Customer: replied 16 days ago.
She had injru a week ago the splinted it. Rexrsyed today no change so they casted it. Im confused about the casting
Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

They did that because there is a fracture within the joint, so it needs to be more stable and protected. Those are tricky to see in the elbow, so probably the first xray didn't show it.

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

Sorry, I read that wrong, it was seen on the first xray but because there is still a lot of fluid in the joint it was not healing with just the splint is my best guess.

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

I hope that I am explaining that well?

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 16 days ago.

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Customer: replied 15 days ago.
The xray is completely unchanged for a
Week ago
Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 15 days ago.

It sounds like that is why they put the elbow in the cast. That should definitely help to speed up the healing process. I hope she feels better soon! :)

Expert:  Aleksandra Frye replied 15 days ago.

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