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Sprial Fracture of the Leg



Can a 7 year old boy cause a spiral fracture on an 14 month old baby girl by jumping on her leg on an unsturdy surface?


It is not possible to answer your question without reviewing records and films.  However, spiral fractures can be caused by accidental as well as inflicted trauma.

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Response by:

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