Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Partial articular fracture of the radius, with dorsal dislocation

General considerations

In these injuries, the carpus must be reduced and the articular surface reconstructed accurately, both to stabilize the carpus and protect from subsequent degenerative changes.

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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