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Stairs vs. Wrist : Life in the Fast Lane

Stairs versus Wrist

The radiographs of her painful and swollen left wrist are shown below:

Volar Barton Fracture


Q1. Describe the fracture?

Answer and interpretation

Q2. What is the eponymous name for this fracture?

Answer and interpretation

Q3. What the typical mechanism of injury?

Answer and interpretation

Q4. What imaging and views are best for this assessing this injury?

Answer and interpretation

Q5. What specific associated injuries and complications should be considered?

Answer and interpretation

Q6. What is the management of this injury?

Answer and interpretation


  • Life in the Fast Lane’s Eponymous Fractures
  • Marx JA, Hockberger R, Walls RM. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 7th edition (2009) Mosby, Inc. [mdconsult.com]
  • Schwartz DT, Reisdorff. Emergency Radiology, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • Simon RR, Sherman SC, Koenigsknecht SJ. Emergency Orthopedics — The Extremities (5th edition), McGraw-Hill, 2007.
  • Wheeless’ Textbook of Orthopedics. Volar Barton’s fracture.


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