Lower Extremity Fractures in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients Following Road Traffic Accidents

This article reports on a study that investigated the epidemiology of lower extremity fractures (LEFs) caused by traffic crashes in the pediatric population. The authors used data from the Israeli National Trauma Registry and reviewed 28,924 hospitalized pediatric patients (age 0 to 16 years) who had experienced a road traffic crash. Of these, 4,970 patients had LEFs and approximately 25% of those had multiple fractures. Data were analyzed according to LEF mechanism of injury, age distribution, fracture types, associated injuries, surgical treatment, and their interrelations. The highest risk was for motorcycle-associated crashes, followed by pedestrian status. In addition, 40% (n = 2184) sustained additional injuries, most commonly, injuries to the head, neck, and/or face. The authors report on which bones were most likely to be fractured, noting that the distribution varied according to the vehicle or type of crash. Nearly half (41%) of patients required fracture treatment in an operating room; this was more likely in older patients.


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  • Accession Number: 01742507
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 2020 12:15PM