Colles fracture

Case contributed by Dr Pir Abdul Ahad Aziz


Fall on outstretched hand.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

Extra-articular transverse fracture through distal radius with dorsal angulation.

Case Discussion

Colles fracture is most common type of distal radial fracture seen in adults. These fractures are particularly common in osteoporotic patients. It is uncommon in young patients but when a Colles fracture does occur in young people it is usually due to high energy trauma or fall (eg. sports). 

Most Colles fractures are due to fall on an outstretched hand (FOOSH) with the forearm pronated and the wrist in dorsiflexion.

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Case information

rID: 47908
Published: 7th Sep 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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