Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Extraarticular undisplaced fracture of the radius

General considerations

These fractures involve neither the radiocarpal, nor the distal radioulnar joints, affecting only the radial metaphysis. They are undisplaced, or impacted, but exhibit no abnormal palmar or dorsal tilt.
They tend to be relatively stable and may often be treated nonoperatively.

Any patient who has had a fall on the outstretched hand may have sustained an intercarpal ligament injury; these may easily be missed on initial clinical assessment.

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