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Spiral Fracture

03/07/2006

Question:

If a two year old caught her arm in a dresser drawer and pulled on it to get to remove it, can it cause a spiral fracture, the history of this child is in the past she has done exactly that getting her arm caught in the drawer.

Answer:

This would be an unlikely cause for a fracture to the arm. The description you provide is very brief and does not indicate the type or location of the fracture.

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Response by:

Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati