ABSTRACT • Various classification systems exist for distal radius fracture with no clear direct application on surgical treatment. The CLAP concept for distal radius simple/complex fracture is a novel concept based on the anatomical shape of the distal radius articular surface analyzed on axial CT-scan. The articular surface could be divided into 4 quadrants : central, lateral, anterior and posterior. We introducethe central part of distal articular surface which is supported by 3 pillars : lateral, anterior and posterior. This new classification system has direct implication in the surgical treatment and tactics for reduction and fixation of the simple and complex distal radius fractures.
Keywords: distal radius fracture ; intra-articular fracture ; classification