Triquetral fracture

Case contributed by Mr Andrew Murphy

Presentation

Fall overnight, tender wrist.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Minimally displaced triquetral fracture

Case Discussion

The triquetral bone is the second most common carpal bone fracture; often you can only see it on the lateral as a subtle dorsal fragment. Before concluding a normal study, ensure you assess the dorsal aspect of the lateral projection carefully. This patient was sent home, then called back 24 hours later upon review.

In this particular case the radiographer performed a carpal bridge tangential projection to obtain a tangential view of the triquetral bone in the lateral projection. This projection is not very common and can cause the patient discomfort. 

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Case Information

rID: 48784
Case created: 24th Oct 2016
Last edited: 6th Nov 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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