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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2014;17(3):138-144.
DOI:    Published online September 30, 2014.
Lateral Epicondylitis: Current Concept
In Ho Jeon, Aashay Laxmikant Kekatpure, Ji Ho Sun, Kyeong Bo Shim, Sung Hoon Choi, Sung Joon Lim, Jae Myeung Chun
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Received: 11 May 2014   • Revised: 13 July 2014   • Accepted: 14 July 2014
Lateral epicondylitis is one of the most common causes of elbow pain and has been known to be caused by degeneration of the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB). Nonoperative treatment should be tried first in all patients, because it has been deemed highly successful; however only few prospective studies suggest that symptoms frequently was completely resolved. Operative treatment is indicated for recalcitrant pain after failed conservative treatment, which involves excision of the pathologic portion of the ECRB and results in a high degree of subjective relief and functional restoration. We will review the pathology of the lateral epicondylitis and operative and nonoperative treatment of lateral epicondylitis.
Key Words: Tennis elbow; Extensor carpi radialis brevis; Arthroscopic debridement


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