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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 2636450, 6 pages
Case Report

Iatrogenic Radial Nerve Palsy following Closed Reduction of a Simple Diaphyseal Humeral Fracture: Beware the Perfect X-Ray

1Fractures Department, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK
2Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 1RH, UK

Received 19 March 2016; Accepted 12 June 2016

Academic Editor: Serdar Kula

Copyright © 2016 Morgan Jones et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Radial nerve injury is a recognised complication associated with humeral shaft fracture. A case of iatrogenic radial nerve injury is presented following fracture reduction. The relevant anatomy, challenges in management of humeral fractures with associated radial nerve injury, and the importance of detailed clinical assessment and documentation are discussed.