Transverse distal radial fracture

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Presentation

Fall while playing football. Tender distal forearm.

Patient Data

Age: 10
Gender: Male
X-ray

Transverse distal radial fracture with mild volar angulation and associated buckle fracture of the distal ulna.

Case Discussion

This injury should not be confused with a buckle fracture of the distal radius. There is involvement of both the volar and dorsal cortex and this is therefore a complete transverse fracture. Treatment is different, requiring a formal cast rather than a removable split that would be used if it were a buckle fracture.

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Case information

rID: 44169
Case created: 10th Apr 2016
Last edited: 8th Nov 2017
System: Paediatrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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