Torus fracture of the radius

Case contributed by Leonardo Lustosa

Presentation

Fall onto the outstretched hand while playing.

Patient Data

Age: 8 years
Gender: Male
x_ray

Bulging of the cortex of the distal meta-diaphysis of the radius, in keeping with a torus fracture. No cortical disruption was noticed.

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 8 years old, to which the usually acceptable angulation on the sagittal plane is <20º.

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