Variant Salter-Harris Type III Distal Ulna "T" Fracture in the Setting of Galeazzi Equivalent Wrist Injury: A Case Report

George A. Puneky, Thomas E. Dickerson, Peter P. Harimtepathip, Cory A. Bryan

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Abstract

Case:An 11-year-old Caucasian boy presented to the emergency department with a displaced, closed, Galeazzi equivalent (GE) left wrist fracture sustained after a fall. Closed reduction was deemed unsatisfactory because of persistent displacement of the distal ulna epiphysis. An open reduction of the distal ulna and percutaneous fracture pinning was performed. At 1 year, the patient reported return to his preinjury baseline. No evidence of subsequent pathologic growth was detected on follow-up imaging.Conclusion:Open anatomic reduction of the distal ulna epiphysis and percutaneous fracture pinning may improve patient outcomes and limit progressive wrist deformity when treating GE wrist injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere22.00184
JournalJBJS Case Connector
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 2022

Keywords

  • distal ulna
  • fracture
  • Galeazzi equivalent
  • growth arrest
  • physeal arrest
  • wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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