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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017, Article ID 4823589, 4 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4823589
Case Report

Proximal Tibial Epiphysis Fracture in a 13-Year-Old Male Athlete

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos, Knosou 4, 721 00 Crete, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Ioannis M. Stavrakakis; rg.psohnga@sikakaruatsi

Received 5 February 2017; Revised 25 April 2017; Accepted 3 May 2017; Published 21 May 2017

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2017 Ioannis M. Stavrakakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Fractures of the proximal epiphysis of the tibia are rare, representing 0.5 to 3.0% of all epiphyseal injuries. These injuries can damage the popliteal vessels and their bifurcation, affecting the blood supply of the lower limb, as well as the nerves below the knee. Epiphyseal growth arrest is also a potential complication, leading to various angular deformities. We present a case of a 13-year-old male athlete with a posteriorly displaced Salter-Harris type II fracture of the proximal epiphysis of the left tibia who was treated conservatively with closed reduction and cast immobilization.