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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3519146, 4 pages
Case Report

Bone Resection for Isolated Ulnar Head Fracture

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baba Memorial Hospital, 4-244 Funao-cho Higashi, Sakai, Osaka 592-8555, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Shunpei Hama

Received 8 June 2017; Revised 25 September 2017; Accepted 10 October 2017; Published 26 October 2017

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2017 Hiromasa Akino 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.


Distal ulnar fractures often occur with distal radius fractures (DRFs), and ulnar styloid fractures commonly occur in the setting of DRF. However, isolated ulnar head fractures are rare. We report a case of isolated ulnar head fracture in which we performed bone resection because the ulnar head bone fragment fractured when internal screw fixation was attempted. His outcome at 18 months postoperatively was considered excellent. However, we do not advocate bone resection other than failure of fixation and the difficult case to perform internal fixation. Longer follow-up would be needed because bone resection might lead to osteoarthritis of the distal radioulnar joint in the future.