Managing Pediatric Fractures

Broken bones are never fun.  When it involves the lower extremity it is also a big inconvenience.  The difficulty of managing fractures varies on the type of injury, number of bones involved, displacement of the fracture fragments, involvement of a joint, and in pediatric patients the involvement of growth plates.  When growth plates are damaged this can lead to premature closure of a growth plate.  Resulting in limb length discrepancy and potential need for future surgery.  If a fracture is displaced, early Open Reduction Internal Fixation (surgical correction) of a fracture is necessary.

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