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Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2009 Feb;19(1):41-3. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1038443. Epub 2008 Jul 15.

Consecutive bilateral proximal tibial fractures after minor sports trauma.

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Department of Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Giessen, Giessen, Germany. ralf.kraus@chiru.med.uni-giessen.de

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Fractures of the proximal tibia are infrequent during childhood and adolescence. However, intra-articular fractures, growth plate separations and metaphyseal fractures do appear.

CASE REPORT:

An obese adolescent male suffered from consecutive bilateral fractures of the tibia within 6 months of each after minor sports trauma. On the left side, the injury presented as a epiphyseal separation of the Salter-Harris I type; on the right side, as a transitional two-plane fracture. Both injuries were treated by percutaneous screwing and healed without any signs of posttraumatic growth disorder.

DISCUSSION:

Although proximal tibial injuries are rare, they frequently seem to appear bilaterally after inadequate trauma. A causal connection to morphological changes prior to physeal closure can be assumed.

PMID:
18629771
DOI:
10.1055/s-2008-1038443
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