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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.


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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