Distal radius torus fracture

Case contributed by Dr Achoki Daniel

Presentation

Fall 2 days prior to the examination date.

Patient Data

Age: 1 year
Gender: Male
X-ray

A buckle fracture of the right distal radius in a one-year-old child.

Annotated image

The arrow points to the buckled cortex.

Case Discussion

Buckle (torus) fractures occur when the bony cortex is compressed and bulges. These fractures are more common in children due to the elasticity of their bones.

Buckle fractures of the distal radius are common in children between 2 and 12 years of age. Cosmetic or functional consequences have not been reported in association with buckle fractures. These fractures are commoner than greenstick fractures and treatment with a removable splint is just as effective as a short arm cast 1.

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Case information

rID: 56143
Case created: 13th Oct 2017
Last edited: 15th Oct 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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