What is tardy ulnar palsy?

Updated: Jun 08, 2018
  • Author: Charles F Guardia, III, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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In 1878, Panas first described what is now often called tardy ulnar palsy, in which either prior trauma or osteoarthritis gradually caused damage to the ulnar nerve. [19] Additional cases were reported over the ensuing decades, [20, 21] usually associated with trauma (eg, fractures in the elbow region) and typically occurring in the epicondylar groove. [22, 23] Initially denoting time (ie, appearing years after trauma), the term came to have an anatomic connotation (ie, usually seen in or very near the epicondylar groove). [24]

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