Transverse distal radial fracture (child)

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Fall off trampoline onto hard surface. Left wrist pain with reduced range of motion and tenderness on palpation.

Patient Data

Age: 12
Gender: Male

Transverse distal radial fracture with minor dorsal angulation.

Case Discussion

While this may, at first glance, look like a buckle fracture, it is important to recognise that the fracture extends to the volar surface and it is therefore a complete transverse fracture.

It is very important to recognise a transverse distal radial fracture in children because the treatment is considerably different - several weeks in cast vs. symptomatic support in a removable splint.

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Case information

rID: 45315
Published: 21st May 2016
Last edited: 11th May 2017
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