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Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury
Julia R. Crim, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          TERMINOLOGY

          • Abbreviations

            • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)
          • Synonyms

            • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
          • Definitions

            • Although UCL has 3 bands, clinical attention is focused on anterior band
            • Term UCL tear commonly used to mean anterior band UCL tear

          IMAGING

          • General Features

            • Imaging Recommendations

              • Radiographic Findings

                • MR Findings

                  DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                    PATHOLOGY

                    • General Features

                      CLINICAL ISSUES

                      • Presentation

                        • Natural History & Prognosis

                          • Treatment

                            DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                              Selected References

                              1. Frangiamore SJ et al: Magnetic resonance imaging predictors of failure in the nonoperative management of ulnar collateral ligament injuries in professional baseball pitchers. Am J Sports Med. 45(8):1783-1789, 2017
                              2. Gutierrez NM et al: Elbow MRI findings do not correlate with future placement on the disabled list in asymptomatic professional baseball pitchers. Sports Health. 9(3):222-229, 2017
                              3. Kijowski R et al: Magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with medial epicondylitis. Skeletal Radiol. 34(4):196-202, 2005
                              4. Kijowski R et al: Magnetic resonance imaging of the elbow. Part II: Abnormalities of the ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Skeletal Radiol. 34(1):1-18, 2005
                              5. Munshi M et al: Anterior bundle of ulnar collateral ligament: evaluation of anatomic relationships by using MR imaging, MR arthrography, and gross anatomic and histologic analysis. Radiology. 231(3):797-803, 2004
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                              KEY FACTS

                              • Terminology

                                • Imaging

                                  • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                    • Pathology

                                      TERMINOLOGY

                                      • Abbreviations

                                        • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)
                                      • Synonyms

                                        • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
                                      • Definitions

                                        • Although UCL has 3 bands, clinical attention is focused on anterior band
                                        • Term UCL tear commonly used to mean anterior band UCL tear

                                      IMAGING

                                      • General Features

                                        • Imaging Recommendations

                                          • Radiographic Findings

                                            • MR Findings

                                              DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                PATHOLOGY

                                                • General Features

                                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                  • Presentation

                                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                      • Treatment

                                                        DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                        • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                          Selected References

                                                          1. Frangiamore SJ et al: Magnetic resonance imaging predictors of failure in the nonoperative management of ulnar collateral ligament injuries in professional baseball pitchers. Am J Sports Med. 45(8):1783-1789, 2017
                                                          2. Gutierrez NM et al: Elbow MRI findings do not correlate with future placement on the disabled list in asymptomatic professional baseball pitchers. Sports Health. 9(3):222-229, 2017
                                                          3. Kijowski R et al: Magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with medial epicondylitis. Skeletal Radiol. 34(4):196-202, 2005
                                                          4. Kijowski R et al: Magnetic resonance imaging of the elbow. Part II: Abnormalities of the ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Skeletal Radiol. 34(1):1-18, 2005
                                                          5. Munshi M et al: Anterior bundle of ulnar collateral ligament: evaluation of anatomic relationships by using MR imaging, MR arthrography, and gross anatomic and histologic analysis. Radiology. 231(3):797-803, 2004