Fracture Patterns in Children
Fractures respect no age group. The patterns of fractures in respective age groups, however, are somewhat unique, mainly in their dissimilarities (Melton and Riggs, 1983). Likewise, certain groups of individuals, such as the young, are more prone to fractures associated with environmental hazards, whereas in others, such as the older population, endogenous causes are more frequent (Alframm and Bauer, 1962). Few studies report fracture patterns in the pediatric population (Landin, 1983; Reed, 1977), primarily because such injuries defy current methods of recording and retrieval in most hospitals, and because of the difficulties of capturing the pediatric population at risk.
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