Pediatric upper-extremity fractures

Rajan Arora, Utkarsh Fichadia, Earl Hartwig, Nirupama Kannikeswaran

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Upper-extremity fractures account for more than half of childhood bony injuries. The frequency of injury increases with increasing mobility. The most common mechanism is a fall on an outstretched hand while playing. Optimal management requires knowledge of the normal anatomy and variants unique to pediatric bones. The physician needs to maintain a high level of suspicion for growth plate injuries because if unrecognized, these may result in growth arrest. Although the vast majority of pediatric upper-extremity fractures will heal rapidly with minimal intervention, physicians should be aware of the complications that can arise from these injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-204
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Annals
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


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