Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow
What is osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow?
Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow is a disorder in which fragments of bone or cartilage come loose and float around in the elbow joint. Cartilage is tough, smooth tissue that lines and cushions the surface of the joints. These chips usually come from the upper arm bone (humerus).
The chips usually result from a forceful injury to the elbow joint or from a lack of blood supply to the bone. Throwing athletes and gymnasts may also have bone chips in the elbow.
Also known as
- Bone chips in the elbow