• Overdistraction with external fixator can lead to RSD.

• Inaccurate reduction can lead to complications.

Closed Fracture Radius
Figure 61—1. A closed distal radius intraarticular fracture.
Distal Radius Fracture Complications
Figure 61—2. Posteroanterior (AP) (A) and lateral (B) radiographs of a distal radius intraarticular fracture.

Computed tomography (CT) exams may be helpful to determine the amount of displacement or if comminution is large or when the fracture pattern is difficult to visualize on plain radiographs. Three-dimensional reconstruction often makes the fracture look more complex than it really is.

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