An unusual cause of humeral fracture
Humeral fractures in children are a relatively common presentation. A history of trauma or suspicion of non-accidental injury will often lead the clinician to a cause. However, a number of other pathologies which can result in fractures should also be considered, particularly when there are additional associated symptoms. A case report is presented of a 1 month old child who was found to be irritable, constantly crying and barely using his upper limbs.Radiographs demonstrated a fracture of the right humerus along with a number of characteristic bone lesions which suggested a diagnosis of congenital syphilis.
Arjan Bastiaan van As, Prof
Jacob van Dijk,
Congenital, Fracture, Humerus, Syphilis, Trauma
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South African Journal of Child Health 2008;2(1):34.
Date submitted: 2008-01-07
Date published: 2008-04-23
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