Colles Fracture

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What is the “official” definition of Colles fracture?
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A Colle’s fracture is a transverse fracture through the distal inch of the radius that results in the dorsal (posterior) displacement of the wrist and hand.
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What is the “etiology” (causes) of Colles fracture?
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Falling onto outstretched hands. Osteoperosis can add to the likelyhood of getting the fracture.
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What is the “prognosis” of Colles fracture?
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Most can be treated by closed reduction and cast immobilization. Recovery time is between 6-8 weeks. Physical therapy may follow.
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What is the “incidence” of Colles fracture in the United States?
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Colle’s is the most common type of wrist fracture. The rate of distal radius fracture is approximately 75% of all forearm fractures and 44% of hand/wrist injuries are Colles’ fractures.
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What is the “prevalence” of Colles fracture in the United States?
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Previous studies have shown that women over 65 years are at the highest risk for suffering Colles’ fractures over 7 times more than men as well as children between 6 and 10 years of age.
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What is the “mortality rate” of Colles fracture in the United States?
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None.
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What is the “morbidity rate” of Colles fracture in the United States?
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500,000 to 600,000 annually.
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Under which “causative agent” can Colles fracture be classified?
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Trauma or physical agent
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Which classification is Colles fracture? Additive or destructive?
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Neither or both.
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Radiographically, how is Colles fracture portrayed on a general imaging study?
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The lateral view of the wrist will best demonstrate the anterior/posterion displacement, or Colles’ fracture. The distal fragment is usually angled dorsally or posteriorly on the shaft with impaction along the dorsal aspect.

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