Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Extraarticular wedge or multifragmentary fracture of the radius

General considerations

These metaphyseal fractures are extraarticular, but multifragmentary. They are subclassified according to the degree of fragmentation and compression of the metaphysis.

The decision to treat these fractures operatively or nonoperatively will be influenced partly by the fracture configuration, but also by local protocols and the functional demands of the patient.

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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