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Characteristics of femur fractures in ambulatory young children.
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PMID:  23038693     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To determine and identify the characteristics and circumstances of femur fractures in ambulatory young children. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective review of 203 ambulatory children, between 1 and 5 years old, presenting with femur fractures to an urban paediatric hospital over a 10-year period. χ(2) And Student's t test were employed for statistical analysis. RESULTS: The mean age was 36.6 months, with 155 (76.2%) being male. The most frequent mechanism of injury was fall from a height (n=62, 30.5%). The highest number of injuries occurred in 2-3-year-olds. The most common history in 1-2-year-olds was stumbling on/over something causing a fall. For 4-5 year olds it was road traffic accidents. Other additional physical findings were infrequent (14.3%) and not suspicious of inflicted injury. Child protective services concluded three of the cases to be likely non-accidental, and four cases were inconclusive but requiring close follow-up. Of these seven children, six occurred in 1-2-year-olds. No distinguishing feature was noted in fracture type or location. CONCLUSIONS: Femur fractures can occur with low velocity injury whether from a short fall or twisting/stumbling injury in young healthy ambulatory children.
Louise Capra; Alex V Levin; Andrew Howard; Michelle Shouldice
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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