Rolando fracture

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Intra-articular fracture/dislocation of the first metacarpal.

Case Discussion

A Rolando fracture is a comminuted intra-articular fracture-dislocation of the base of thumb (proximal end of 1st metacarpal). Simply put, it is a comminuted Bennett fracture. The mechanism is usually an axial blow to a partially flexed metacarpal, such as a fistfight. The fracture line is typically T or Y-shaped. The volar fragment remains attached to the carpometacarpal joint, while the main dorsal fragment subluxes or dislocates dorsally and radially due to the unopposed pull of abductor pollicis longus.

This is an unstable injury that requires surgical reduction and fixation. 

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Case information

rID: 35855
Case created: 24th Apr 2015
Last edited: 27th Oct 2015
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