Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Extraarticular fracture of the radius with volar displacement or tilt

General considerations

These are simple extraarticular fractures with a volar tilt. These are often referred to as Smith or Goyrand fractures. These fractures are usually regarded as less stable than the dorsally displaced fractures, so they are more often treated surgically.
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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