Radial head fracture - non-displaced

Case contributed by Dr Matt Skalski


Trauma a few days ago.

Patient Data

Age: 26
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

There is a vertical fracture line extending through the central articular surface of the radial head, exiting laterally at the radial head/neck junction. The intra-articular fat pads of the elbow are not elevated (i.e. no sail sign to indicate joint effusion). 

Modality: Annotated image

The fracture line is indicated by the blue arrow.

Case Discussion

Typical example of a non-displaced fracture of the radial head (Mason type 1) which is commonly referred to as a "chisel fracture", as the fracture is similar to what you would expect to see if you put a chisel at the end of a piece of wood and tapped it with a hammer. 

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Case Information

rID: 35470
Case created: 7th Apr 2015
Last edited: 18th Sep 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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