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J Pediatr Orthop B. 2012 Nov;21(6):611-4. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e3283524c14.

Fracture through a Harris growth arrest line: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics Surgery, Wayne State University, Taylor, MI 48124, USA. njacobso@med.wayne.edu

Abstract

Fractures occur when bone is overloaded and mechanical failure occurs with the fracture propagating along the lines of least resistance. We report the case of a 6-year-old boy who sustained a nondisplaced distal third tibial shaft fracture through a Harris growth arrest line of increased osseous density due to low-energy blunt trauma. This case is used as an opportunity to review the literature on Harris growth arrest lines and discuss a fracture pattern that has not been previously described in the literature.

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