bucket handle fracture

bucket handle fracture

Etymology: OFr, buket, tub; ME, handel, part grasped; L, fractura, break
a fracture of the wider end of a long bone along the growth plate forming an arc along the proximal margin. New bone formation leads to a thickened appearance and simulates the appearance of a handle; usually indicative of child abuse related injury.

bucket handle fracture

Forensic radiology Fragmentation of the distal end of one or both femurs appearing at the bone margins as a crescent-shaped osseous density paralleling the metaphysis, which is seen on x-rays when the growth plate is oblique to the radiographic beam; incomplete 'bucket handles' are characteristic of child abuse-related injuries, which may also be associated with subperiosteal neoosteogenesis–trauma of recent origin, distal transverse dense lines–previous growth disturbance and cortical thickening–evidence of remote trauma. See Battered infant syndrome, Child abuse.