Orthopedic Pitfalls: Pediatrics

Jana L. Anderson, James L. Homme

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Pediatric orthopedic problems can be daunting in any setting. Fractures are common in young children due to their strong ligaments and relatively weak growth plates. This is coupled with the fact that many orthopedic abnormalities are difficult to identify on radiographs. Finally, it is critical to identify injury patterns that suggest abuse. This chapter addresses these issues and others to help avoid the pitfalls of pediatric orthopedics and to improve the outcomes of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUrgent Care Emergencies
Subtitle of host publicationAvoiding the Pitfalls and Improving the Outcomes
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780470657720
StatePublished - Nov 15 2012


  • Buckle (torus) fracture
  • Fractures of child abuse
  • Growth plate fracture (Salter--Harris)
  • Nursemaid's elbow
  • Septic arthritis
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Supracondylar fracture
  • Toddler's fracture
  • Transient (toxic) synovitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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