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‘Wristwatch Fracture’ of the Distal Radius: A New Diagnosis?
  1. Mr AD Yewlett1,
  2. R Khan2 and
  3. J Clasper2
  1. 1Dept of Orthopaedics, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham. 07815 118525 alunyewlett{at}
  2. 2Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Surrey GU16 5UJ


Segmental forearm fractures are relatively uncommon in children, and their optimal management is unclear. We present an unusual segmental fracture of the distal radius in a 14 year old that appears to be related to a large metal wristwatch worn by the patient. It was successfully managed by closed reduction and immobilisation in a plaster cast.

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