bucket handle fracture

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.
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A diaphyseal (midshaft) fracture in a child less than 3 years old is suspect, and metaphysical or epiphyseal fractures beyond the newborn period (also called corner fractures or bucket handle fractures) are virtually diagnostic of abuse.
A diaphyseal (midshaft) fracture in a child less than 3 years old is suspect, and metaphyseal or epiphyseal fractures beyond the newborn period (also called corner fractures or bucket handle fractures) are virtually diagnostic of abuse.
More specific to abuse cases are bucket handle fractures, which appear as a crescent shaped callus.