Barton fractures are fractures of the distal radius, also sometimes termed the dorsal type Barton fracture, to distinguish it from the volar type or reverse Barton fracture.
A Barton fracture extends through the dorsal aspect to the articular surface, and not to the volar aspect. Therefore, it is similar to a Colles fracture. There is usually associated carpal subluxation / dislocation.
First named by John Rhea Barton (1794 - 1871), an orthopaedic surgeon at Pennsylvania hospital, Philadelphia 1.
Wrist and hand fractures
wrist and hand fractures
- distal radial fractures
- distal ulna fractures
- fracture dislocations of the radius and ulna
- carpal fractures
- metacarpal & phalangeal fractures
- 1. John Rhea Barton from whonamedit.com, the dictionary of medical eponyms. John Rhea Barton
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- Wrist Fractures: What the Clinician Wants to Know1. Radiology. 2001;219 (1): 11-28. Radiology (full text)
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