Distal radial fracture

Case contributed by Dr Derek Smith

Presentation

Fall onto left hand. Swollen and tender, with limited movement.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Impacted distal radial fracture.

Minor dorsal angulation.

No other bone or joint injury.

Case Discussion

Simple impacted radial fracture - on the frontal view look for a step in the cortices or a mixed sclerotic/lucent line across the trabeculae.

This fracture was managed conservatively without imaging follow up.

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