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Diagnose on Sight: Fifth Metatarsal Fractures


fifth metatarsal fracture.jpgCase: A 24 year old male presents with foot pain after a fall down a set of stairs. He reports pain and swelling over the lateral surface of his foot and he has not ambulated due to the pain. Based on the X-ray, what is the diagnosis?

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Jeff Riddell, MD

Jeff Riddell, MD

ALiEM Assistant Editor
Diagnose on Sight series;
Medical Education Research Fellow
University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center
Jeff Riddell, MD

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