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Pediatric Emergency Care:
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Tibial fractures of young children

MELLICK, LARRY B. MD; REESOR, KENNETH MD; DEMERS, DENISE MD; REINKER, KENT A. MD

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Abstract

Tibial fractures are relatively frequent injuries of young children. These fractures are occasionally the cause of a childhood gait disturbance. Additionally, tibial fractures may be the result of child abuse. Consequently, the pediatrician should have knowledge concerning these injuries. In this paper, we present a review of tibial fractures in hospitalized children and describe their associations with nonaccidental trauma (NAT). Finally, we provide suggestions for improving nomenclature clarity for isolated spiral fractures of the tibia.

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