Forearm fractures

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa


Fall onto the outstretched hand.

Patient Data

Age: 3 years
Gender: Male

There are distal third both-bone forearm fractures with shortening of the ulna.

Case Discussion

Forearm fractures are the most common long bone fractures in children. Fall onto the outstretched hand is the main mechanism of injury.

Although associated injuries aren't as common in skeletally immature patients, it's still important to investigate other injuries, mostly on the carpus and elbow. Which were not present in this case.

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