Salter classification

Salter classification

a system for classifying fractures, fracture-separations, and separations of the physis into five types. They are: Salter type I—a separation line through the epiphyseal plate only; Salter type II—a partial separation of the epiphyseal plate and fracture into the metaphyseal bone; Salter type III—a partial separation of the epiphyseal plate and a fracture through the epiphysis; Salter type IV—a fracture through the metaphysis, across the epiphyseal plate and through the epiphysis; Salter type V—a crushing or compression injury to the epiphyseal plate. Called also Salter-Harris classification.
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Salter type I fracture of the proximal tibia.By permission from Lamb CR, Diagnostic Imaging of the Dog and Cat, Mosby, 1993