Colles fracture

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard
Diagnosis certain


Fell while walking to church. Sore wrist.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Female

Transverse fracture through the distal radius is demonstrated associated with approximately 20 degrees of dorsal angulation. No articular involvement. No ulnar styloid fracture. 

4 months later


The fracture has healed with a residual dorsal angulation. 

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates a typical Colles fracture, with resultant suboptimal union. 

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