Tiny butterfly fracture in metatarsal bone

Case contributed by Muhammad Shoyab
Diagnosis certain



Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

X-Ray right foot


Tiny wedge-shaped cortical defect at medial cortex of 3rd metatarsal bone near base.

No other fracture or sclerotic/lytic lesion.

No appreciable soft tissue swelling.

Case Discussion

The triangle-shaped butterfly fragment is formed due to the union of two oblique fracture lines.

However, butterfly fractures are usually much larger than this tiny fragment.

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