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Thrower’s fracture of the humerus with radial nerve palsy: an unfamiliar softball injury
  1. P Curtin,
  2. C Taylor,
  3. J Rice
  1. Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Republic of Ireland
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P Curtin
    Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Dublin, Ireland;


A fracture of the normal humerus in a healthy young adult most commonly results from significant direct trauma. Throwing sports have become increasingly popular outside of North America and bring with them a novel injury mechanism for clinicians. A 21 year old woman sustained a "thrower’s fracture" of the distal humerus and radial nerve palsy while throwing a softball. She was treated by internal fixation. Her fracture united, and radial nerve neurapraxia resolved after 8 weeks. Clinicians should be aware of this entity so that prodromal symptoms can be recognised early and thrower’s fractures are not investigated unnecessarily.

  • humerus fracture
  • thrower’s fracture
  • softball
  • radial nerve palsy

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