AffiliationDepartment of Paediatric Orthopaedics, The Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, Ireland. email@example.com
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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CitationPaediatric talus fracture. 2012, 2012: BMJ Case Rep
JournalBMJ case reports
AbstractPaediatric talus fractures are rare injuries resulting from axial loading of the talus against the anterior tibia with the foot in dorsiflexion. Skeletally immature bone is less brittle, with higher elastic resistance than adult bone, thus the paediatric talus can sustain higher forces before fractures occur. However, displaced paediatric talus fractures and those associated with high-energy trauma have been associated with complications including avascular necrosis, arthrosis, delayed union, neurapraxia and the need for revision surgery. The authors present the rare case of a talar neck fracture in a skeletally immature young girl, initially missed on radiological review. However, clinical suspicion on the part of the emergency physician, repeat examination and further radiographic imaging revealed this rare paediatric injury.