There are multiple causes of elbow swelling, with RA being the most common. Crystalline disease such as gout is also frequently seen. Oral medication or intra-articular steroid injection can be extremely effective in controlling symptoms. Synovectomy in conjunction with radial head excision continues to have a role. Fascial arthroplasty can be beneficial in younger patients in isolated disease. In more advanced cases, total elbow arthroplasty is an attractive alternative.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine