Fracture patterns in battered children

Randall T. Loder, Christopher Bookout

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We reviewed cases of 75 battered children with fractures over a 2-year period. The average age was 16 months; 57% were boys. There were 154 fractures (2.0 per child); 77% were acute and 23% were old. The most common fracture occurred in the skull (32%) and the most common long bone fracture occurred in the tibia (16%). The most common long bone fracture pattern was transverse (41%); corner fractures accounted for 28% of long bone fractures. An isolated acute fracture was the orthopaedic injury in 65% of the children, whereas multiple fractures in various stages of healing were present in only 13% of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-433
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Battered children
  • Skull fracture
  • Tibia fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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