Missed Fractures in Children

  • Fabio Martino
  • Domenico Barbuti
  • Gianluigi Martino
  • Marco Cirillo


Fractures in children are a common occurrence. Most are overt and easily detected, others are subtle and often overlooked. Missed orthopedic injuries, such as fractures and dislocations, are a common event in accident and emergency practice, particularly in children and young adults. Such injuries can have serious consequences since delays in treatment can result in long-term disability. They are also one of the most common causes of medical-legal issues and comprise the largest source of malpractice claims in the emergency department (ED) [1]. Missed fractures occur for various reasons, among the most important of which in EDs is a junior radiologist’s (or junior physician’s) lack of expertise in child skeletal injuries.


Radial Head Epiphyseal Plate Orthopedic Injury Malpractice Claim Occult Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabio Martino
    • 1
  • Domenico Barbuti
    • 2
  • Gianluigi Martino
    • 3
  • Marco Cirillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyRadiology Unit, ASL BARIMola di Bari (BA)Italy
  2. 2.Department of Radiology“Bambin Gesù” Children’s HospitalRomeItaly
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineUniversity of BariBariItaly

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