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Fracture-dislocations of the radius and ulna

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 08 Feb 2021

Fracture-dislocations of the radius and ulna illustrate the importance of including the joint above and below the site of injury on radiographic assessment.

Most forearm fractures (60%) include fracture of the distal radius as well as an ulnar fracture. In some cases, there is associated dislocation of one bone accompanying a fracture in the other.

Fracture-dislocation types

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