What is different in children?

Leonard E. Swischuk

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6 Scopus citations


The bones of infants and children are soft and so they tend to buckle and bend rather than frankly break. In addition, to accommodate growth, epiphyseal plates exist. These areas represent weak zones in the long bones and shearing/twisting forces cause fractures. All of this results in fractures different than what one sees in adults and this communication deals with how to identify these fractures, how to appreciate the more subtle of these fractures, and how to utilize comparative views for the subtle cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-370
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • children
  • fractures
  • subtle findings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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