Realizing that a proximal fibular fracture can present concurrently with a medial malleolus fracture or deltoid ligament rupture, we obtained xrays of the ankle. We were looking for a Maisonneuve fracture.
- There was no medial malleolus fracture.
- There was no obvious deltoid ligament rupture, because the ankle mortise appears normal.
- Always be sure to look at the lateral ankle view. You need to check for a posterior malleolus fracture.
- This patient indeed had a Maisonneuve fracture, which was splinted and referred to orthopedics for operative repair.
Question: Have you had any interesting radiology findings on your ED shift?