Lister's tubercle fracture

Last revised by Joshua Yap on 13 Sep 2022

Lister's tubercle fractures are a type of distal radial fracture which involves the dorsal aspect of the distal radius including Lister's tubercle.

Radiographic features

Plain radiograph / CT 

Can be seen as a fracture and/or avulsed ossific fragment at the Lister's tubercle to varying degrees and sizes.

Practical points

These fractures have been reported to have an association with regional extensor pollicis longus (EPL) tendon injuries 2,5. The latter can also occur as a delayed injury in situations of non-union.

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