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Proximal Tibial "Toddler" Fracture

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Anatomy: Musculoskeletal
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Trauma
Created: over 10 years ago
Updated: over 10 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: CR
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2 year old refusing to bear weight.

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Proximal Tibial “Toddler” Fracture


CR – Buckled anterior cortex of the proximal tibia.


The classic tibial toddler’s fracture is a nondisplaced spiral fracture of the mid-diaphysis that is initially occult. Other common sites for toddler injuries include the proximal tibia, distal tibia, fibula, tarsals and metatarsals.

The anterior proximal tibial buckle fracture is a relatively common injury in children < 4 years of age and is related to hyperextension and compression.


Tschoepe EJ, John SD and Swischuk LE. Tibial fractures in infants and children: Emphasis on subtle injuries. Emergency Radiol (1998); 5(4):245-252.

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