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General principles of fracture management: Fracture patterns and description in children

David J Mathison, MD, MBA
Dewesh Agrawal, MD
Section Editor
Richard G Bachur, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


This topic discusses the unique properties of pediatric fractures and illustrates different classification systems that exist to identify and describe them. Management of specific fractures is discussed separately and can be found by searching for the anatomic region of interest.

Common fracture patterns (eg, transverse, oblique, spiral) seen in both children and adults and general principles of fracture management are discussed in detail separately.

(See "General principles of fracture management: Bone healing and fracture description", section on 'Orientation: Transverse, oblique, and spiral'.)

(See "General principles of acute fracture management".)

(See "General principles of definitive fracture management".)

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