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USMLE-Rx Step 2 CK Qmax Challenge #21313

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USMLE-Rx Step 2 CK Qmax Challenge #21313A 70-year-old woman was walking across her kitchen when she tripped over a throw rug and fell onto her outstretched right hand. She did not hit her head or lose consciousness. She had immediate pain and swelling in her right wrist and was brought to the emergency department by her daughter. The patient’s x-ray in the emergency department is shown. There was no break in the skin. She reports no numbness or tingling and she is able to move her fingers albeit limited by pain. The patient is otherwise healthy, and her past medical history is significant only for a T11 compression fracture 2 years ago.

Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in management?

A. Closed reduction and arm sling
B. Closed reduction and splinting
C. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
D. Ice and compressive bandage
E. Open reduction and internal fixation

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  1. B as Xray shows non displaced distal radius fracture without involving articular surface. It appears this woman had FOOSH injury

    Closed reduction with arm sling – if she had a dislocation
    DEXA -It is used to get bone density scan to see demineralization of bone which would be appropriate later.
    Ice and compression bandage will be appropriate if there is any sprain or strain
    ORIF will be the best choice if the fracture is intra-articular or displaced.
    will love to know right answer from FA team 🙂

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  2. Most common injury due to FOOSH among elderly patients is COLLES FRACTURE
    Usually undisplaced Colles are managed by External Manipulation and Colles Cast
    Later patients are advised to get DEXA scan done

    Would go with
    B)

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  3. Colles fracture. The appropriate treatment is reduction under anesthesia (local + sedation) and immobilization. Will go with B.

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