Pediatric Polytrauma

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Trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States for children between the ages of 1 and 14 and costs our society more than 81 billion dollars per year. (Danseco, 2000) With nearly 63% of pediatric polytrauma patients presenting with extremity fractures, the role of the orthopaedic surgeon in managing these patients is critical. (Loder, 1987) Although rarely a cause of mortality, orthopaedic injuries in these patients can cause long-term morbidity. (Demetrediase, 2003)

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