This is a common fracture in elderly patients, consisting of a transverse fracture of the distal radial metaphysis proximal to the joint with dorsal displacement of the distal fragment and volar dislocation. It results from a fall on an outstretched hand. The ulnar styloid is commonly fractured as well. Another name is the Pouteau fracture.
|A||Scaphoid deviated radiograph of the wrist. This view shows fractures of metacarpals three and four and an impacted fracture of the distal radius.|
|B||Lateral radiograph of the wrist. This shows the typical appearance of Colles fracture with dorsal tilt of the distal radial fracture fragment.|
|C||PA radiograph of the wrist. This demonstrates an impacted fracture of the radius.|
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