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Growth Plate Injuries
In children the growth plate is up to five times weaker than the ligaments stabilising the adjacent joint.The adjacent bone is also stronger than the cartilaginous growth plate. Injury thus often leads to separation of the growth plate leaving the ligaments and capsule intact. The separation takes place in the middle layer (hypertrophied) of the growth plate.
The force is seldom parallel with the growth plate and the bone on either the metaphyseal, epiphyses or both sides of the plate. This is the basis of the Salter Harris classification of growth plate injuries.
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Institution: Stellenbosch University
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Added: Wed Aug 05 2009