Distal tibial fracture: Salter-Harris type III

Case contributed by Dr C.Igler


Ankle injury in basketball match.

Patient Data

Age: 13
Gender: Female

Salter-Harris type III fracture:

Horizontal fracture through the medial growth plate with a vertical fracture through the medial aspect of the ephiysis.

Case Discussion

Intra-articular fractures during childhood are injuries with potential complications.

Transitional fractures show a different fracture pattern comparing to fractures with wide open physis (Salter and Harris I-IV).

Conventional X-rays are the first radiographic modality.

Patients seem to benefit from an additional cross-sectional image, which includes CT or MRI to evaluate if an anatomic reconstruction of the articular surface is necessary.



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Case information

rID: 41506
Published: 5th Dec 2015
Last edited: 26th Jun 2016
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