Salter-Harris Fracture: Type II

Salter-Harris type II fracture

In children; growth plate is the weakest, and one of the most fractured sites in long bones (15% of pediatric fractures). The Salter-Harris classification allows easy radiographic classification and is a reasonable indicator of prognosis.

This case illustrates growth plate fracture, extending through metaphysis of distal phalanx of thumb denoting type II Salter-Harris fracture. This is the most common type, making up approximately 75% of these fractures. Prognosis is generally favorable for healing without deformity.

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Credit: Dr Ahmed Haroun