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A Review of Epidemiological Distribution of Different Types of Fractures in Paediatric Age



Abstract

Introduction

Treating paediatric patient fractures comprises a large part of any orthopaedic trauma service. The majority of fractures take place during sports and recreational activities. In this study, we examined the incidence of fractures and their distribution according to patient age.

Methods

We collected retrospective data from all the paediatric age group patients (under age 18) referred to our orthopaedic service from August 2015 to July 2016. We collected data for 1022 patients during one calendar year.

Results

We noted 1022 paediatric fracture presentations in one calendar year, with a 48.63% incidence in male patients and 51.36% in female patients. The age with the highest incidence was 16 years in boys and 11 years in girls. Upper limb fractures were more common than lower limb fractures in most of the subgroups.

Conclusions

These insights into paediatric fracture distribution provide an opportunity to evaluate the resources in hospitals allocated to emergency and orthopaedic departments regarding their capacity to treat fractures in paediatric patients.



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Original article
peer-reviewed

A Review of Epidemiological Distribution of Different Types of Fractures in Paediatric Age


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MN Baig Corresponding Author

Orthopaedics, Galway University Hospital


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Animal subjects: This study did not involve animal subjects or tissue. Conflicts of interest: The authors have declared that no conflicts of interest exist.


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A Review of Epidemiological Distribution of Different Types of Fractures in Paediatric Age


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A Review of Epidemiological Distribution of Different Types of Fractures in Paediatric Age

  • Author Information
    MN Baig Corresponding Author

    Orthopaedics, Galway University Hospital


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Animal subjects: This study did not involve animal subjects or tissue. Conflicts of interest: The authors have declared that no conflicts of interest exist.

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    Article Information

    Published: August 28, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1624

    Cite this article as:

    Baig M (August 28, 2017) A Review of Epidemiological Distribution of Different Types of Fractures in Paediatric Age. Cureus 9(8): e1624. doi:10.7759/cureus.1624

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: July 11, 2017
    Peer review began: August 17, 2017
    Peer review concluded: August 21, 2017
    Published: August 28, 2017

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    Baig. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Introduction

Treating paediatric patient fractures comprises a large part of any orthopaedic trauma service. The majority of fractures take place during sports and recreational activities. In this study, we examined the incidence of fractures and their distribution according to patient age.

Methods

We collected retrospective data from all the paediatric age group patients (under age 18) referred to our orthopaedic service from August 2015 to July 2016. We collected data for 1022 patients during one calendar year.

Results

We noted 1022 paediatric fracture presentations in one calendar year, with a 48.63% incidence in male patients and 51.36% in female patients. The age with the highest incidence was 16 years in boys and 11 years in girls. Upper limb fractures were more common than lower limb fractures in most of the subgroups.

Conclusions

These insights into paediatric fracture distribution provide an opportunity to evaluate the resources in hospitals allocated to emergency and orthopaedic departments regarding their capacity to treat fractures in paediatric patients.



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MN Baig

Orthopaedics, Galway University Hospital

For correspondence:
nouman142@gmail.com

MN Baig

Orthopaedics, Galway University Hospital

For correspondence:
nouman142@gmail.com