Missed fractures in children

Fabio Martino, Domenico Barbuti, Gianluigi Martino, Marco Cirillo

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Fractures in children are a common occurrence. Most are overt and easily detected, others are subtle and often overlooked. Missed orthopedic injuries, such as fractures and dislocations, are a common event in accident and emergency practice, particularly in children and young adults. Such injuries can have serious consequences since delays in treatment can result in long-term disability. They are also one of the most common causes of medical-legal issues and comprise the largest source of malpractice claims in the emergency department (ED) [1]. Missed fractures occur for various reasons, among the most important of which in EDs is a junior radiologist’s (or junior physician’s) lack of expertise in child skeletal injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErrors in Radiology
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Milan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9788847023390, 9788847023383
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Martino, F., Barbuti, D., Martino, G., & Cirillo, M. (2012). Missed fractures in children. In Errors in Radiology (pp. 51-63). Springer-Verlag Milan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-2339-0_6