Fracture of the distal radial physis complicated by compartment syndrome and premature physeal closure

J Pediatr Orthop. 1986 Sep-Oct;6(5):627-30. doi: 10.1097/01241398-198609000-00020.


Complications after injury to the epiphyseal growth plate of the distal radius are uncommon. An 11-year-8-month-old boy developed two complications--compartment syndrome of the forearm and premature closure of the physis--after a Salter-Harris Type I injury. Treatment included closed reduction, decompression, skin grafting, excision of the physeal bar, and epiphysiodesis of the distal ulna and the remaining open physis of the distal radius.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Compartment Syndromes / etiology*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Growth Plate / diagnostic imaging
  • Growth Plate / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Radiography
  • Radius Fractures / complications*
  • Radius Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Radius Fractures / surgery
  • Radius Fractures / therapy
  • Salter-Harris Fractures*