epiphyseal fractures

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A fracture of the epiphysis and physis - growth plate - presents a special problem because fractures at these sites may result in the abnormal growth of bone ends.

This type of injury is most often seen in boys and has a peak incidence in infancy and between 10 and 12 years of age.

These injuries are classified using the Salter-Harris Classification.

Last reviewed 01/2018