Upper tibial hyperextension fractures in infants: Another occult toddler's fracture

Leonard E. Swischuk, Susan D. John, Ernest J. Tschoepe

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Abstract

We describe the radiographic findings associated with occult upper tibial fractures in infants and young children and offer an explanation for the underlying mechanism from which they result. These fractures tend to be subtle, just as the classic spiral tibial fracture originally described by Dunbar et al.. The fracture we describe results from a hyperextension injury to the knee, and the knowledge of the mechanism of injury, the subtle radiographic findings, and the findings on physical examination allow one to diagnose this fracture with confidence. Otherwise, it easily can go undetected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-9
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Radiology
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1999

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Closed Fractures
Tibial Fractures
Knee Injuries
Bone Fractures
Physical Examination
Wounds and Injuries

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Upper tibial hyperextension fractures in infants : Another occult toddler's fracture. / Swischuk, Leonard E.; John, Susan D.; Tschoepe, Ernest J.

In: Pediatric Radiology, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.1999, p. 6-9.

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Swischuk, Leonard E. ; John, Susan D. ; Tschoepe, Ernest J. / Upper tibial hyperextension fractures in infants : Another occult toddler's fracture. In: Pediatric Radiology. 1999 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 6-9.
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