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Buckle Fracture

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Updated April 09, 2014

buckle fracture

A buckle fracture is usually treated in a cast for a few weeks.

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Definition: Buckle fractures, also called a torus fracture, are extremely common injuries seen in children. Because children have softer bones, one side of the bone may buckle upon itself without disrupting the other side; this is also known as an incomplete fracture.

The word torus is derived from the Latin word 'Tori' meaning swelling or protuberance. Children commonly sustain this injury by falling on an outstretched hand.

Treatment of a buckle fracture is by casting the injury for a short duration, usually about three weeks. These injuries tend to heal more quickly than the similar greenstick fractures.

Also Known As: Torus Fracture

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