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.|
Links to online textbooks:
Links to online cases: