«Fractures in children.»
G J Irwin, FRCS (Ed), FRCR
Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Dalnair Street, Glasgow G3 8SJ, UK
Fractures in children differ from those in adults.
Children’s bones are more plastic and absorb more energy before breaking.
Often fractures in children do not involve complete separation of the bone into two fragments
Incomplete fractures are common, and several fracture types occur that are not seen in adults.
The immature skeleton contains multiple growth plates, which may be involved in fractures in a variety of patterns unique to children.
Normal growth variants may mimic injury.
Imaging (2004) 16, 140-152.