Ipsilateral fractures of the proximal ulna and distal radius (Colles type)

N T Brewster, N Maffulli, J D Hutchison

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A 43-year-old female fell backward outside her home while carrying a watering can. She sustained an ipsilateral fracture of the proximal ulna and distal radius (Colles fracture). The ulnar fracture was plated, and the Colles fracture was managed by closed reduction and percutaneous Kirschner wiring. The patient recovered without incident. This association of forearm fractures is unusual. Both fractures can be caused by a fall on the hand with the wrist in mid-extension and the elbow flexed, and they probably occurred in quick succession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-9
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Accidental Falls
  • Adult
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Elbow Joint
  • Female
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal
  • Fracture Healing
  • Humans
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Ulna Fractures
  • Wrist Injuries


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