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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Unilateral, trifocal, diaphyseal fracture of the radius with ipsilateral mid-shaft ulna fracture in an adult: a case report

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Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Autoren:
Mazin Ibrahim, Jenny Cwilewicz, Osman H Khan, Anthony Gibbon
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-123) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

MI and JC followed up our patient, collected radiograph material, wrote the manuscript and obtained patient consent. MI completed the initial literature search. OK contributed to the discussion and took an editorial role. AG performed the operation and took an editorial role. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Introduction

To the best of our knowledge, a trifocal, diaphyseal fracture of the radius associated with ipsilateral mid-shaft fracture of the ulna in an adult has not been reported in the literature to date. The AO classification system does not include such a fracture configuration.

Case presentation

We report a case of trifocal, diaphyseal fracture of the radius with a mid-diaphyseal fracture of the ulna in a 53-year-old Caucasian, British, right-hand dominant woman involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. The management of this rare fracture configuration is described and alternative treatment options discussed.

Conclusions

We describe an unusual, complex fracture, which with prompt surgical treatment resulted in a rapid, full and satisfactory functional recovery for our patient.

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