Barton's fracture

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Intra-articular fracture of the distal radius with dislocation of the radiocarpal joint.

Two types, dorsal and palmar, the latter being more common. The Barton's fracture is caused by a fall on an extended and pronated wrist. Carpal displacement distinguishes this fracture from a Smith's or a Colles fracture. Treatment is usually done by ORIF with a plate and screws, but occasionally the fracture can be treated conservatively.

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