Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Partial articular, sagittal fracture of the radius, involving the lunate fossa

General considerations

These partial articular fractures of the radius demand accurate reduction since they may involve the articular surfaces of both the radiocarpal and distal radioulnar joints.

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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