Smith fracture

Case contributed by Dr Pir Abdul Ahad Aziz

Presentation

This patient presented to the x-ray department after fall on an outstretched hand. He complains of pain in the wrist and limited movements.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

X-ray wrist joint AP and lateral views showing a fracture involving the distal radius with ventral angulation of the fractured distal fragment, representing a Smith fracture. Widening of the scapholunate interval is also noted. 

Case Discussion

Smith fractures also called as a reverse Colles fracture and account for approximately 3% of radius fractures. Smith fractures are fractures of the distal radius with ventral angulation of the distal fracture fragment. They frequently occur as a result of a fall on flexed wrist or because of direct blow to the back of the wrist.

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Case information

rID: 42294
Case created: 14th Jan 2016
Last edited: 22nd Jan 2016
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