Last reviewed: July 2020
Last updated: May  2020

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • history of trauma or osteoporosis
  • wrist pain
  • tenderness over the distal radius
  • swelling

Other diagnostic factors

  • deformity
  • tenderness in the anatomic snuff-box
  • numbness in the fingers
  • hypo-aesthesia
  • open wound

Diagnostic investigations

Investigations to consider

  • CT wrist
  • MRI (without contrast) wrist
  • dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA)
More investigations to consider

Treatment algorithm

Contributors

Trauma, Hand and Wrist Surgeon

Department of Trauma and Hand Surgery

Maasstad Hospital

Rotterdam

Netherlands

Disclosures

NWLS is an author of several references cited in this topic. He is a consultant for Synthes, Medartis, and Arthrex, and has received honoraria from The AO Foundation for teaching courses.

Dr Niels W.L. Schep would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Jeffrey N. Lawton, Dr John R. Lien, Dr Gregory D. Byrda, Dr Tamara D. Rozental, and Dr Chaitanya S. Mudgal, previous contributors to this topic.

Peer reviewersVIEW ALL

Program Director of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Rothman Institute

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia

PA

Disclosures

AI declares that he has no competing interests.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Lund University

Chief

Hand Surgery Section

Department of Orthopaedics

Hässleholm and Kristianstad Hospitals

Sweden

Disclosures

Not disclosed.

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