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ICD-9-CM Codes

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  • 813.05 Fracture of head of radius closed

  • 813.06 Fracture of neck of radius closed

  • 813.15 Fracture of head of radius open

  • 813.16 Fracture of neck of radius open

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ICD-10-CM Codes

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  • S52.123A Displaced fracture of head of unspecified radius, initial encounter for closed fracture

  • S52.126A Nondisplaced fracture of head of unspecified radius, initial encounter for closed fracture

  • S52.133A Displaced fracture of neck of unspecified radius, initial encounter for closed fracture

  • S52.136A Nondisplaced fracture of neck of unspecified radius, initial encounter for closed fracture

  • S52.123B Displaced fracture of head of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type I or II

  • S52.123C Displaced fracture of head of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type IIIA, IIIB, or IIIC

  • S52.126B Nondisplaced fracture of head of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type I or II

  • S52.126C Nondisplaced fracture of head of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type IIIA, IIIB, or IIIC

  • S52.133B Displaced fracture of neck of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type I or II

  • S52.133C Displaced fracture of neck of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type IIIA, IIIB, or IIIC

  • S52.136B Nondisplaced fracture of neck of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type I or II

  • S52.136C Nondisplaced fracture of neck of unspecified radius, initial encounter for open fracture type IIIA, IIIB, or IIIC

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Preferred Practice Pattern1

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  • 4G: Impaired Joint Mobility, Muscle Performance, and Range of Motion Associated With Fracture

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Key Features

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Description

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  • Fracture

  • Any defect in continuity of the radial head or neck

  • Displaced (radial head/neck is moved on either side of the fracture) or nondisplaced (radial head/neck has not moved)

  • Closed (skin is intact) or open (skin is breached)

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Essentials

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  • Diagnosis is usually made by clinical examination

  • May not be a fracture but a proximal radioulnar subluxation/dislocation, humeroradial subluxation/dislocation, radial collateral ligament sprain

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General Considerations

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  • Radius is the most commonly broken bone in the arm.

  • Occurs in about 20% of all acute elbow injuries

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Demographics

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  • More frequent in women than in men

  • Occurs most often between 30 and 40 years of age

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Clinical Findings

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Signs and Symptoms

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  • Pain on the outside of the elbow

  • Point tenderness

  • Edema

  • Ecchymosis

  • Loss of general function

  • Loss of active elbow movement

  • Loss of active forearm movement (supination/pronation)

  • Muscle guarding with passive movement

  • Crepitus

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Functional Implications

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  • Pain with weight-bearing activities on involved upper extremity (UE)

  • Pain with vertical positioning of arm at side

  • Pain with all elbow and forearm movements (passive or active)

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Possible Contributing Causes

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  • Mechanism of injury

    • Fall on outstretched hand

    • Blunt ...

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