Trampoline fracture

Case contributed by Jeremy Jones
Diagnosis almost certain

Patient Data

Age: 3 years
Gender: Male

Irregularity of the cortex of the proximal tibia. Buckle fracture of the proximal tibial metaphysis - a trampoline fracture. 

Case Discussion

A trampoline fracture is a buckle fracture of the proximal tibial metaphysis caused by excessive axial loading. As such it is not only caused by trampolining accidents, but it does appear to be the dominant cause.

It usually happens when a smaller child is double-bounced by an older, heavier child or adult.

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