Salter-Harris type-IV displaced distal radius fracture in a 5-year-old.


Displaced Salter-Harris type-IV fractures are rare in young children and can result in articular incongruity or premature physeal arrest. We describe a 5-year-old boy who sustained a displaced left distal radial Salter-Harris type-IV fracture. The patient had normal wrist function and physeal growth at the 3-year postoperative follow-up. Our patient is by far the youngest reported child with a displaced Salter-Harris type-IV fracture of the distal radius. Prompt anatomic reduction and fixation of a displaced distal radial Salter-Harris type-IV fracture can result in excellent short-term wrist motion with maintenance of physeal function.

DOI: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000228

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@article{Huntley2016SalterHarrisTD, title={Salter-Harris type-IV displaced distal radius fracture in a 5-year-old.}, author={Samuel R. Huntley and Spencer H Summers and Stephen J Stricker}, journal={Journal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B}, year={2016}, volume={25 2}, pages={170-3} }