Smith's fracture

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  • Volar angulated fracture ("reverse Colles fracture" or "garden-spade deformity")
  • Occurs due to fall onto the dorsum of the hand with wrist in flexion, or direct blow to dorsum of hand/wrist


Differential Diagnosis

Distal radius fractures

Distal radius fracture eponyms

Eponyms Description
Barton's Fracture-dislocation of radiocarpal joint (with intra-articular fracture involving the volar or dorsal lip)
Chauffer's Fracture of radial styloid
Colles' Dorsally displaced, extra-articular fracture
Die-punch Depressed fracture of the lunate fossa (articular surface)
Smith's Volar displaced, extra-articular fracture


See Also