Type V physeal injury: a case report

J Pediatr Orthop. 1990 Jul-Aug;10(4):545-8.


A case report is presented to support the recently challenged Salter-Harris classification of type V physeal injury. Asymmetric premature closure of a proximal tibial physis, previously not suspected as injured, supports the classification of this injury as a separate entity. Furthermore, varus or valgus forces, as well as shearing forces, probably play an important role in the etiology of this injury rather than longitudinal compression alone.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Growth Plate / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Rotation
  • Salter-Harris Fractures*
  • Tibial Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Tibial Fractures / etiology*
  • Tibial Fractures / surgery