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Barton fracture

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.

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