Executive Editor: Steve Krikler

Authors: Renato Fricker, Jesse Jupiter, Matej Kastelec

Distal forearm Partial articular fracture of the radius, involving the volar rim

General considerations

Partial articular fractures of the radius demand accurate reduction since they involve the articular surface.

In fractures involving the palmar rim, the wrist is frequently very unstable, so they usually require stabilization.

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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