May 13, 2022

MAY 13, funny bones: Lisfranc fractures

 


LISFRANC FRACTURES   (OEDILF #T527952)


"Mid-foot pain," I complain, "I'm no crank.

My foot suffered a serious yank.

ORIF stat I've requested

As my plain films suggested

The fracture type known as Lisfranc."


Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022


ORIF: initialism for surgical intervention for bone fractures — open reduction, internal fixation

plain films: medical jargon for two-dimensional x-ray studies as opposed to CT, although digital media, not 'film' emulsion, are now generally used to analyze and record the images.

With these injuries, involving one or more fractures, metatarsal bones of the lower foot are dissociated from the tarsus, making the mid-foot unstable. They were first observed in cavalry men during the Napoleonic Wars and later described by a French surgeon, Jacques Lisfranc de St-Martin. In English medical jargon they are known as Lisfranc (LIZ-frank or liz-FRANK) fractures. Self-diagnosis of this type of injury by a patient would be an unusual event.


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