Epidemiology of paediatric lower extremity fractures in a tertiary care center in Switzerland.

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serval:BIB_DB33C9BA0F33
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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Epidemiology of paediatric lower extremity fractures in a tertiary care center in Switzerland.
Journal
European journal of trauma and emergency surgery
Author(s)
Chaibi E., Zambelli P.Y., Merckaert S.
ISSN
1863-9941 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1863-9933
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In Press
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: aheadofprint
Abstract
About 20% of all fractures in children occur at the lower extremity. This study aims to investigate the epidemiology and injury pattern of lower extremity fractures within the pediatric population consulting a tertiary referral hospital in Switzerland.
Study population included all patients up to 16 years presenting with a lower extremity fracture over a period of one year. Recorded data were age, gender, side, season of the year, mechanism, type of fracture and applied treatment.
Fractures of the lower extremity represent 23% of all fractures with a mean age of 9 years and 6 months. The tibia, with 94 fractures (38%), represents the most frequently injured bone. Peak incidence is seen in winter and 24% of tibia shaft fractures were due to board sports. Overall, 82% of fractures were treated by cast with or without closed reduction, and only 18% requested surgery.
Board sports seems to be a leading cause of tibial shaft fracture in our region. Nevertheless, only 18% of fractures had recourse to an orthopedic surgeon, hence the importance of the teaching quality of pediatric residents for conservative fracture treatment.
Keywords
Epidemiology, Fractures, Lower extremity, Pediatric injuries
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10/06/2020 22:13
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23/09/2020 6:26
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