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 Discussion of Colles fracture
- Transverse fracture of the distal radius.
- Named after Albert Colles, an Irish surgeon who first described this type of fracture in 1814.
 Cause of Colles fracture
- Most commonly caused by a person falling and attempting to break their fall with extended, outstretched hands.
- Can also be caused by overuse.
 Imaging Findings for Colles fracture
- Usually occurs 1-2 inches proximal to the radiocarpal joint with posterior and lateral displacement of the fracture fragment.