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Toddler's Fracture


Updated December 28, 2008

Definition: A toddler's fracture is a broken bone in a young child. The 'classic' toddler's fracture is a non-displaced fracture of the tibia (shin bone). Because the break is not out of position, the toddler's fracture is often not even seen on an x-ray.

A toddler's fracture may be treated even if the injury is not seen on x-ray. If there is a concern about the diagnosis, a bone scan may be obtained to confirm the broken bone. A cast is used to immobilize the bone for a few weeks while the fracture heals.


Staheli LT, "Practice of Pediatric Orthopedics" Lippincott Williams & Wilkins © 2001. Page 228.

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