Fracture rotation

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

Fracture rotation describes one type of fracture displacement where has been rotation of the distal fracture fragment relation to the proximal portion. It is often difficult to see on an x-ray, but relatively simple to determine on clinical examination.

Rotation of a fracture may be very important to function, e.g. rotation in a metacarpal fracture may result in significant disability if the fracture isn't reduced appropriately. It is most easily seen when looking at the orientation of the joints above and below a fracture.

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    Case 1: spiral tibial fracture with 90 degrees of rotation
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