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Normal radial beak

Case contributed by René Pfleger
Diagnosis not applicable


Fall onto outstretched arm.

Patient Data

Age: 15-20 years
Gender: Female

The PA view of the right wrist depicts a beak-like bony protrusion on the lateral aspect of the distal radius. The protrusion arises from the closed epiphysis. There are no fractures or dislocations.

Annotated image

Normal radial beak (red arrow). 

Case Discussion

The radial beak is one of the common normal variants of the distal radius and should not be mistaken for a fracture. 

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