Alex Duckworth, MS4
What is a Salter-Harris fracture?
Fracture through growth plate in a pediatric patient 35 % of skeletal injuries in patients aged 10-15 involve growth plate Often due to trauma, usually sports-related or fall Complain of point tenderness around fracture site Soft-tissue swelling on physical exam
Anatomy of Long Bones
Epiphysis distal to the physis (growth plate) Metaphysis on opposite side of physis from epiphysis Diaphysis is long shaft beyond metaphysis
Normal Pediatric Long Bone
eMedicine – Salter-Harris Fractures : Article by William Moore, MD
Cartilage growth from epiphysis towards metaphysis Neovascularization and primary bone formation occurs from metaphysis towards epiphysis, immature bone...