Base of 5th metatarsal fracture

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

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Inversion injury while playing football.

Patient Data

Age: 14 years
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

There is irregularity of the lateral margin of the base of the 5th metatarsal with an associated oblique fracture.

Case Discussion

In paediatric patients, injury to the lateral margin of the foot is complicated by the apophysis at the base of the 5th metatarsal. The apophysis is orientated longitudinally along the axis of the bone while fractures are predominantly transverse lucencies across the base of the metatarsal.

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Case Information

rID: 23351
Case created: 8th Jun 2013
Last edited: 16th Oct 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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