Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Partial articular, simple fracture of the radius, involving the dorsal rim

General considerations

Partial articular fractures of the radius demand accurate reduction since they involve the articular surface. These fractures are unstable with dorsal subluxation of the carpus, therefore they should be treated operatively.

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.

Note: CT scans may be helpful for treatment decisions.

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