Distal radial buckle and radial neck fractures

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Fall on outstretched arm. Not using arm.

Patient Data

Age: 6 years
Gender: Female

There is an obvious buckle fracture of the distal radius. However, careful inspection of the proximal radius should draw your attention to angulation of the radial neck.

Confirms radial neck fracture.

Case Discussion

It is always important to review the entire film. Even when the diagnosis is obvious, reviewing the remainder of the film often raises additional diagnoses.

Here, the distal radial buckle fracture is obvious. The slight angulation of the proximal radius is suspicious for a radial neck fracture - and this is confirmed on a dedicated view.

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Case information

rID: 22227
Published: 21st Mar 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Tag: trauma
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