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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Emily A Eismann, Zachary A Stephan, Charles T Mehlman, Jaime Denning, Tracey Mehlman, Shital N Parikh, Junichi Tamai, Andrew Zbojniewicz
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the reliability of triplane fracture classification, displacement measurement, and treatment planning with the use of radiographs with and without computed tomography. METHODS: One pediatric radiologist, one musculoskeletal radiologist, and three fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons rated a spectrum of twenty-five triplane fractures with use of radiographs alone and then with computed tomography scans on two separate occasions (two to four weeks apart)...
June 17, 2015: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Thomas H Wuerz, David P Gurd
Ankle fracture is the second most common fracture type in children, and physeal injury is a particular concern. Growing children have open physes that are relatively weak compared with surrounding bone and ligaments, and traumatic injuries can cause physeal damage and fracture. Tenderness to palpation over the physis can aid in the clinical diagnosis of ankle fracture. Swelling, bruising, and deformity may be identified, as well. Plain radiographs are excellent for initial evaluation, but CT may be required to determine displacement and to aid in surgical planning, particularly in the setting of intra-articular fractures...
April 2013: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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