Pattern of distal radius fracture in malaysian children

Asim, A.M. and Noor Fadzilah, R. and Shanmugam, Rukmanikanthan and Saw, A. (2012) Pattern of distal radius fracture in malaysian children. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 67 (5). pp. 483-486. ISSN 0300-5283, DOI PMID:23770863.

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INTRODUCTION: The distal radius is the most common fracture site in children, but local information on the fracture pattern, mechanism of injury and socio-demographic characteristics of the fracture is lacking. MATERIAL METHODS: We interviewed 126 children and their family members who were under follow up for this fracture in a single institution over a period of 2 years. Radiological images were reviewed to ensure that only those with fracture in the distal one third of the forearm were included. RESULTS: The overall incidence of this fracture increased with age, and male dominance was noted starting from schooling age. Most fractures occurred at home (38.8%), and 52.3% of all fractures were due to low energy falls. Sports injuries were mainly due to playing football, and road accidents due to riding bicycles. There were 49 (38.8%) children with incomplete fractures, and 19 (15.0%) with physeal plate fractures. CONCLUSION: Male dominance for distal radius fracture occurred at a comparatively younger age in our population. Preventive measures should focus on home environment since this is the most common place for fracture to occur. Special attention should be paid to boys after the school going age.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epidemiology; distal forearm; gender; socio-cultural; Asia
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 01:15
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 09:02

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