Torus fracture of the radius

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa

Presentation

Fall onto the outstretched hand.

Patient Data

Age: 12 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Forearm radiographs revealed a bulging of the cortex of the distal metaphysis of the radius, in keeping with a torus fracture.

There is a volar angulation component to the fracture on the sagittal plane.

Case Discussion

Torus fractures, also known as buckle fractures, are incomplete fractures of the shaft of long bones, almost exclusive to immature skeletons.

Acceptable residual angulation after closed reduction depends on age. In the present case, the boy was 12 years old, to which the usual acceptable angulation on the sagittal plane is <10º.

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