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J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2013 Oct;38(8):898-902. doi: 10.1177/1753193412475045. Epub 2013 Jan 22.

Paediatric hand fractures.

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Department of Plastic Surgery, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK.

Abstract

This retrospective study reviews the demographics, morphology and management of paediatric hand fractures. Notes of all children with hand injuries attending a plastic surgery paediatric trauma clinic over a one-year period were reviewed. Non-bony injuries were excluded. A total of 303 fractures in 283 patients were included. Fracture incidence rose after the age of seven, peaking at 14 years of age; 76% of fractures occurred in males. Sporting injuries accounted for 47% of fractures. Physeal fractures were present in 39% of cases. Open fractures accounted for only 4% of all fractures. Management was primarily conservative. Only 5% of cases required surgical fixation; 6% of patients experienced complications.

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Paediatric; aetiology; epidemiology; fractures; hand

PMID:
23340758
DOI:
10.1177/1753193412475045
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