Smith fracture

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa
Diagnosis certain


Fall onto the wrist. Wrist deformity upon inspection.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

Wrist radiographs revealed an extra-articular fracture of the distal radius with volar displacement. This describes a Smith fracture.

There is an associated ulnar styloid fracture.

Case Discussion

Distal radius fractures are some of the most common fractures of the skeleton.

Many eponyms are used to describe common patterns of these fractures.

One of these eponyms is the Smith fracture, which describes an extra-articular distal metaphyseal fracture of the radius with volar displacement.

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