Salter-Harris type IV fracture

Case contributed by Dr James Sheldon


11 year old girl with fall at school

Patient Data

Age: 11 years
Gender: Female

Intraarticular fracture involving the left 3rd metatarsal head with step depression of the dominant metatarsal head fragment of up to 2mm. Fracture extends to involve the metaphysis consistent with a Salter Harris 4 type injury. No further fracture evident. There is mild displacement of the metatarsal head dominant fragment laterally.

Case Discussion

  • Salter Harris Type IV fractures make up approximately 10% of all growth plate fractures.
  • Fracture plane passes directly through the metaphysis, growth plate and epiphysis
  • Poor prognosis as the proliferative and reserve zones are interrupted.
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Case information

rID: 24908
Case created: 19th Sep 2013
Last edited: 4th Jul 2017
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