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The Salter-Harris classification was proposed by Salter and Harris in 1963 1 and at the time of writing (June 2016) remains the most widely used system for describing physeal fractures.
Conveniently the Salter-Harris types can be remembered by the mnemonic SALTR.
- type I
- type II
- type III
- type IV
- ruined or rammed
- uncommon <1%
- crushing type injury does not displace the growth plate but damages it by direct compression
- worst prognosis
There are a few other rare types that you should probably never include in a report as almost no one will know what you are talking about. Nonetheless, they are:
- 1. Salter R, Harris WR. Injuries Involving the Epiphyseal Plate. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1963. 45 (3) 587-622. Read at J Bone Joint Surg Am
- 2. Weissleder R, Wittenberg J, Harisinghani MG. Primer of diagnostic imaging. Mosby Inc. (2003) ISBN:0323023282. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 3. Wenger DR, Pring ME, Rang M. Rang's Children's Fractures, 3e. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2005) ISBN:0781752868. Read it at Google Books - Find it at Amazon
- 4. Little JT, Klionsky NB, Chaturvedi A et-al. Pediatric distal forearm and wrist injury: an imaging review. Radiographics. 2014;34 (2): 472-90. doi:10.1148/rg.342135073 - Pubmed citation