Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 355–358 | Cite as

Ball-thrower’s fracture of the humerus

  • Eric B. CallaghanEmail author
  • D. Lee Bennett
  • Georges Y. El-Khoury
  • Kenjirou Ohashi
Case Report


A relatively rare case of ball-thrower’s fracture of the humerus is presented. Severe muscular action is an uncommon cause of humeral fractures but has been well documented in the orthopedic literature. To our knowledge, this fracture has not been described in the radiology literature, and awareness of this entity could preclude further unnecessary workup. The mechanism of injury and its typical radiographic appearance is described.


Humerus Spiral fracture Ball-thrower Radiographs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric B. Callaghan
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Lee Bennett
    • 1
  • Georges Y. El-Khoury
    • 1
  • Kenjirou Ohashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA

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