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Salter-Harris type I fracture of distal fibula

Presentation

Pain, tenderness, swelling and erythema, in left ankle after mild trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 5 years old
Gender: Female

Soft tissue swelling centered adjacent to the fibula's growth plate and pretty discreet medial widening of its the growth plate relative to the lateral portion of distal tibia growth plate.

Case Discussion

Frontal and internal oblique radiographs show an Salter-Harris type I fracture of the left distal fibula due to supination-adduction injury. Hints to identify and diagnose this trauma injury are: 1) lateral soft tissue swelling adjacent to the growth plate; and 2) mild widening of the growth plate relative to the lateral portion of distal tibial growth plate.

Contributed by Dr. Guilherme Pioli Resende M.D. and Dr. Arthemizio Antônio Lopes Rocha M.D.

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Case information

rID: 81052
Published: 14th Aug 2020
Last edited: 18th Aug 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
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Institution: Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal (HBDF)

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