UMEM Educational Pearls


7 year-old male "jammed" 5th finger while playing basketball with pain and swelling over finger. What's the diagnosis?


Salter-Harris fracture (type II): 

Salter-Harris Fracture (remember mnemonic SALTR)

  • Slipped (i.e., through growth plate and not involving bone) / Type I
  • Above growth plate (i.e., through metaphysis) / Type II (most common)
  • Lower growth plate (i.e., through epiphysis) / Type III
  • Through (i.e., through metaphysis growth plate and epiphysis) / Type IV
  • Rammed (i.e., Crush injury) / Type V (worst prognosis)

For more on Salter-Harris fractures, check out this and that


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