Distal tibia fracture - Salter-Harris type II

Case contributed by Aneta Kecler-Pietrzyk


Fall while skating. Soft tissue swelling over the medial aspect of the ankle joint.

Patient Data

Age: 15 years
Gender: Male

Linear lucency within distal tibial metaphysis extending down to the level of physis in keeping with type II as per Salter-Harris classification of physeal fractures. Best appreciated on lateral view.

Case Discussion

Salter-Harris classification is used to classify pediatric fractures involving the growth plate. Type II refers to a fracture through the growth plate and the metaphysis, however sparing epiphysis.  

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