Colles’ wrist fracture

Alternative Names

Transverse wrist fracture; Dinner-fork deformity of the wrist

Definition of Colles’ wrist fracture

Colles’ fracture is a break across the end of the main bone of the forearm (the radius). A Colles’ fracture causes the wrist to become extended and shortened.

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Unviersity of Washington School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/28/2010

Colles fracture

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