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What is Colles' fracture (distal radius fracture or broken wrist)?

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If you have a Colles' fracture, or distal radius fracture, it means your wrist is broken. Technically, it's a break in the larger of the two bones in your forearm. The bone breaks on the lower end, close to where it connects to the bones of the hand on the thumb side of the wrist.

SOURCES: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: ''Distal Radius Fracture (Colles' Fracture).''  Davis, M.F., et al. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.


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SOURCES: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: ''Distal Radius Fracture (Colles' Fracture).''  Davis, M.F., et al. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.


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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 26, 2017

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