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PEM Ortho X-ray Curriculum

General Considerations


  • Children fracture their radius and ulna more than any other bone except the clavicle.
  • Subtle fractures of the distal radius and ulna occur frequently and include Salter Harris I fractures and buckle fractures.
  • Although uncommon bowing fractures occur most commonly in the radius and ulna.
  • If a midshaft fracture in one bone is found, it's common to have a fracture of the other bone - not only in the midshaft but also at either end.