Forearm Fractures Present Unique Opportunity for Radiologists to Help Break Cycle of Domestic Violence
Up to one-third of adult women treated for isolated ulnar fractures may be victims of domestic violence, presenting a unique…
Researchers didn’t correlate ulnar fractures with domestic violence until recently
Approximately one-third of domestic violence victims may suffer from a specific type of fracture to the forearm, which underscores the need for proper screenings, per a news release.
More specifically, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Boston Medical Center found that fractures to the bone stretching from the pinky to the elbow, or “ulna,” usually result from an act of self-defense among victims. The findings were said to be presented at the ongoing annual conference for Radiological Society of North America, RSNA 2020.
“I would see these types of injuries in men, but once in a while I would see them in women,” Dr. Bharti Khurana, senior author and radiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said in a news release. “I never correlated it with intimate partner violence until recently. I shared my thoughts with our orthopedic surgeons and, with their interest and support, decided to pursue the study.”
Source: Fox News