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J Orthop Sci. 2000;5(4):356-60.

Increasing incidence of distal radius fractures in Japanese children and adolescents.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishicho, Yonago, 683-8504, Japan.

Abstract

To investigate recent trends in the incidence of fractures in children and adolescents, we conducted a survey of distal radius fractures in 1992 and 1995 in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Seven-hundred and forty-five patients under age 20 years were registered (562 males and 183 females). The age and sex-specific incidences of fractures in patients under 20 years of age were higher in males than in females, showing peaks at age 12-13 years for males and at age 10-11 years for females. The incidences had an obvious monthly variation, with peaks in spring and autumn. The age and sex-specific incidences were compared with those in the period 1986-1988, which we reported previously. The incidence in each year showed a significant increase with time for males but not for females. We conclude that the incidence of distal radius fractures in children and adolescents has a prominent peak matched by the age of the growth spurt, and the incidence of the fracture has increased in males during the past decade in Tottori Prefecture.

PMID:
10982684
DOI:
10.1007/s007760000050356.776
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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