Torus/lead pipe fracture

Case contributed by Jonathan Lin


Presents with a hand injury after a fall.

Patient Data

Age: 12 years
Gender: Male

Mild cortical protrusion at the dorsal and medial cortex of the distal radial metaphysis is consistent with a torus fracture.

Transverse lucency at the level of the torus fracture is consistent with a lead pipe fracture.

Minimally displaced avulsion fracture of the tip of the ulnar styloid process is also noted, which suggests a significant impact injury.

Case Discussion

This is a 12 year-old male with a history of hand injury after a fall. A torus/lead pipe fracture is seen on X-ray as detailed above.


This case was submitted with supervision and input from:

Soni C. Chawla, M.D.                                                                                                
Associate Professor                                       
Department of Radiological Sciences                      
David Geffen School of medicine at UCLA               
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

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Case information

rID: 56079
Published: 12th Oct 2017
Last edited: 24th Oct 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: OVMC

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