Thurstan Holland fragment

Dr Dan J Bell and Mr Andrew Murphy et al.

The Thurstan Holland fragment also known as the Thurstan Holland sign is an eponymous radiological sign depicting a triangular portion of the metaphysis remaining with the epiphysis in a physeal fracture. This fragment is one of the tell-tale signs of a type 2 Salter-Harris fracture 1.

History and etymology

It is named after Charles Thurstan Holland (1863-1941), an English radiologist, and one of the trailblazers in the early development of radiology as a specialty 2

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Article information

rID: 50705
Section: Signs
Tags: cases, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Holland fragment
  • Thurstan Holland sign
  • Shiny corner sign

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