Iatrogenic posterior interosseous nerve palsy following an elbow fracture.

Published online: Dec 27 1996

J P Van Geertruyden, and P G Vico.

Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Erasme, Brussels, Belgium.


Posterior interosseous nerve palsy following elbow surgery is not uncommon. Nevertheless, precise etiology of the palsy is rarely described in the literature. In this paper the possible causes of the posterior interosseous nerve palsy are reviewed and an uncommon iatrogenic lesion after surgical treatment of an elbow fracture is reported.