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The Salter-Harris classification of epiphyseal injuries


Type I – A transverse fracture through the growth plate (incidence is about 6-7%)

Type II – A fracture through the growth plate + metaphysis and sparing the epiphysis (incidence is about 70-75% )

Type III – A fracture through growth plate + epiphysis, sparing the metaphysis (7- 8% incidence)

Type IV – A fracture through all three elements growth plate + metaphysis + epiphysis (8-10% incidence)

Type V – A compression fracture of the growth plate

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