Bowing fracture radius and ulna

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Fall while running. Apparent forearm deformity. Tender with reduced range of motion at the elbow.

Patient Data

Age: 6
Gender: Male

On the AP view, the radius and ulna appear normal. However, on the lateral view, there is bowing of both bones in a volar direction. There is no visible fracture after close inspection of the convex surface. Appearances are of bowing fractures of the radius and ulna.

Case Discussion

Bowing fractures are rarely as obvious as this example. The are usually found in conjunction with a transverse or greenstick fracture of a paired bone. The most common example is a radial greenstick fracture and ulnar bowing fracture.

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Case information

rID: 44173
Published: 16th May 2016
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Paediatrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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