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Wrist Case 8 Background

Barton Fracture

Distal radius fractures are quite common, with Colles' and Smith's fractures being well-known. Barton fractures are a less well-known type of distal radius fracture, with associated radiocarpal dislocation. Although the distal radius can be displaced in the dorsal (as in a Colles' fracture) or volar (as in a Smith's fracture) directions, volar displacement is more common. It is an intra-articular unstable fracture. What differentiates Barton's fracture from the more common Smith's and Colles' fractures is that there is carpal displacement.