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Colles' Fracture

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Updated December 28, 2013

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A Colles' fracture may require a cast for treatment.

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Definition: The Colles' fracture is a specific type of broken wrist. When a patient sustains a Colles' fracture, there wrist joint is pushed back behind the forearm bone (the radius). A Colles' fracture most commonly occurs after falling on to an outstretched hand.

Depending on the degree of shortening of the forearm bone (radius) and the abnormality of the wrist angulation, a Colles' fracture may need casting or surgery for treatment. With minimal shortening or displacement, a cast can be the definitive treatment. If the injury is more significant it will likely require surgical treatment.

Also Known As: Wrist Fracture, Distal Radius Fracture

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