radER 3.2

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A 23-year-old man presents to the ED complaining of left thumb pain after he collided with another player during a rugby match. There is swelling and tenderness at the base of the thumb.  You think the patient may have sustained a fracture of his proximal thumb so you order radiographs.  One of the radiographs is seen below:

thumb 2


1. What is the eponym for this fracture?

2. What is the ED management for this fracture?

3. Is the prognosis better or worse than the fracture seen in radER 3.1

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5 Responses

  1. Rolando Fracture

    Worse than Bennett Fracture

    ED Management: Thumb Spica and Surgical Consult

  2. 1. Rolando fx

    2. STAT hand consult…requires surgical managment either ORIF or external fixation

    3. The Rolando has a worse prognosis when compared to the Bennett fracture featured in radER3.1.

  3. 1. Rolando Fracture
    2. Thumb spica and rapid ortho F/U, usually requires ORIF (fragment amenable to pinning) or traction (comminuted).
    3. Worse

  4. 1) Gamekeeper’s thumb
    2) Closed reduction and thumb spica
    3) Better

  5. 1. Rolando Fracture
    2. Thumb Spica, Hand/Plastic surgical consultation
    3. Worse prognosis than Bennett

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