Colles fracture

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa
Diagnosis certain


Fall from standing height. Wrist deformity upon physical examination.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

Radiographs revealed an extra-articular fracture of the distal radius with dorsal displacement. This describes a Colles fracture.

Case Discussion

Many eponyms are used to describe common patterns of these fractures.

One of these eponyms is the Colles fracture, which describes an extra-articular distal metaphyseal fracture of the radius with dorsal displacement.

Of practical importance: jewelry should be removed during physical examination, as the trauma may cause edema and lead to ischemia due to constriction caused by the ring.

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