Bowing Fracture

  • Etiology: trauma
  • Imaging: in forearm / lower leg, bending deformity without obvious fracture, may or may not see periosteal reaction on followup radiographs
  • Clinical: can result in limited supination / pronation of arm if not treated, therefore must be reduced

Radiology Cases of Bowing Fracture

Radiograph of bowing fracture of the fibula
AP (left) and lateral (right) radiographs of the lower extremity show a mildly displaced complete fracture of the tibial diaphysis and a moderately bowed appearance of the fibula.
Radiograph of bowing fracture of the radius
Lateral radiograph of the forearm shows a moderate amount of bowing of the radius.