Orthopedic Injuries in Pediatric Trauma
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BACKGROUND: Trauma remains the leading cause of death in children, of which the majority of patients have orthopedic injuries. The range of injured bones is various, each requiring knowledge and expertise to appropriately manage in a timely fashion. OBJECTIVES: The importance of a systematic approach to the pediatric polytrauma patient is paramount. This chapter will highlight orthopedic issues important to the pediatric polytrauma patient including the unique anatomy and properties of pediatric bone. A systematic approach to the pediatric polytrauma patient will also be discussed. METHODS: A review of the literature was undertaken to identify current practices in pediatric orthopedic trauma care. RESULT AND CONCLUSION: Orthopedic injuries in polytrauma are a common and important entity in children. Special attention to the unique anatomy and injury patterns in children should be undertaken as they are important for their management.
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