Greenstick fracture - distal radius

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Patient Data

Age: 10 years
Gender: Male

Incomplete fracture of the distal radius. The palmar surface is intact. This is greenstick fracture.

Case Discussion

Greenstick fractures are usually mid-diaphyseal. Many people incorrectly call distal radial buckle (torus) fractures greenstick fractures.

However, in this case, the intact cortex is on the concave surface and this is, therefore, a greenstick fracture.

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Case information

rID: 79381
Published: 25th Jun 2020
Last edited: 25th Jun 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: NHS Lothian

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