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Distal radius fracture

Case contributed by Andrew Murphy


Painful wrist post fall

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

Initial imaging

There is a disruption in the cortex of the dorsal aspect of the distal radius seen in the lateral projection, suggestive of a nondisplaced fracture. 


Follow up MRI

Acute undisplaced distal radius fracture, periosteal lifting in the ulna aspect with no intraarticular component. Cysts in the capitate most likely intraosseous ganglion.

Case Discussion

This case was flagged as abnormal by the attending radiographer, yet the patient was discharged with a 'sprained' wrist.

Although this particular example did not adversely affect the patient's overall care, it does highlight two things, the importance of assessing all aspect of the radiograph, and the value of radiographer alert systems 1,3.

Targeted radiographic image interpretation training undertaken by junior clinicians can decrease the possibility of missing injuries such as this in the emergency department 2.

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Case information

rID: 46768
Published: 16th Jul 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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