Gymnast wrist is defined as a chronic stress fracture (Salter Harris type I) of the distal radial (and less commonly ulnar) growth plate. It is most commonly seen in young individuals involved in gymnastics.

Radiographic features

  • physeal plate irregularity
  • physeal plate widening
  • cystic changes in the physeal plate
  • may be associated with adjacent bone fragmentation 


Complications of untreated fracture include:

  • early physeal closure of the distal radius leading to positive ulnar variance and Madelung-type deformity
  • triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injury
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rID: 25397
Section: Pathology
Tags: stub, cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Stress fracture of radial epiphyseal plate

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