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Fergal Monsell, Dalia Sepulveda

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Chris Colton

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23r-E/3.1 - Simple epiphyseal fractures, Salter-Harris III, radius

This is a fracture that is caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand. This fracture pattern is more common in adolescents.

This fracture is associated with local tenderness over the distal radius. Local swelling is usual.

Wrist motion is usually markedly impaired.

X-ray may not be helpful in defining precisely the intraarticular nature of the injury. A CT scan is most helpful to define the fracture anatomy accurately.

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