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Premature Growth Plate Closure in a Ballet Dancer en Pointe

Shah, Selina MD, FACP

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: September 2017 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p e69–e71
doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000380
Case Report

Abstract: A 13-year-old ballet dancer who had been dancing en pointe (on the tips of the toes) since 10 years presented to the clinic with a shortened right second toe. She had no previous history of pain or trauma. She was diagnosed with premature growth arrest of the second metatarsal head physes resulting in a shortened metatarsal. This is the first reported case of premature growth arrest in a ballet dancer as a result of dancing en pointe.

Center for Sports Medicine, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Walnut Creek, California.

Corresponding Author: Selina Shah, MD, FACP, Center for Sports Medicine, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, 1777 Botelho Dr, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Received May 04, 2016

Accepted June 28, 2016

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