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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2018, Article ID 8351205, 5 pages
Case Report

Extensor Tendons Rupture after Volar Plating of Distal Radius Fracture Related to a Dorsal Radial Metaphyseal Bone Spur

Trauma and Orthopedics Institute “Carlos E. Ottolenghi”, Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Correspondence should be addressed to M. O. Abrego; ra.gro.onailatilatipsoh@ogerba.onairam

Received 30 August 2017; Revised 10 January 2018; Accepted 22 January 2018; Published 28 February 2018

Academic Editor: Andreas Panagopoulos

Copyright © 2018 M. O. Abrego 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.


Extensor tendon ruptures due to volar plating in distal radius fractures have mostly been described in relation with technique failures such as screw prominence and drill penetration. We report the case of a 71-year-old female with a C2 distal radius fracture with severe dorsal metaphyseal comminution. The patient underwent surgical treatment with reduction of the large fragments and fixation with a volar locking plate; the small dorsal metaphyseal nonarticular fragments were not reduced. Six months later, the patient developed extensor digitorum communis (EDC) rupture and extensor indicis proprius (EIP) laceration in coincidence with the dorsal comminution turned into a bony spur. The possible association between the extensor tendon injury and the dorsal residual metaphyseal bony spur in the distal radius fractures is unusual but should be taken into account in fracture patterns presenting dorsal comminution.