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Pediatrics Case 10 Background

Supracondylar fractures are most common between the ages of 3 and 10. They account for ~16% of all pediatric fractures.

Displaced supracondylar fractures have the potential for significant morbidity due to the possible neurovascular complications. Neurovascular injuries occur as high as 10% of the time. Displaced supracondylar fractures are at risk for brachial artery injury and compartment syndrome, even with intact pulses.