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American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009 Annual Meeting 'Highlights and Hot Topics'
Date:2/25/2009

athletic pivoting and contact injuries often require surgery. It appears that those who undergo meniscectomy are likely to have a shorter career than uninjured athletes. Conversely, ACL reconstruction does not appear to have a significant effect on career longevity. Those athletes unfortunate enough to have undergone both ACL reconstruction and meniscectomy are statistically more likely to have a shorter career than if they had undergone only one or the other surgery.

Broken Bones as Indicators of Child Abuse

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  • Clear Relationship Seen Between Types of Orthopaedic Injury and Abuse

In a study of nearly 1,500 pediatric patients classified as either confirmed victims of child abuse or sufferers of accidental trauma, clear relationships between injury type, child age and the presence of abuse became apparent. One significant indicator found by researchers was age; children who were victims of abuse were treated at the emergency room for bone trauma at a younger age (12 months) than those who were not victims (22 months). Patients younger than 18 months with orthopaedic injuries appear to have a stronger chance of suffering from abuse than those older than 18 months. Specific types of injuries were markers as well. A child with broken ribs appeared to be 14 times more likely to be a victim of abuse (24 times more likely if younger than 18 months of age) than their peers. Children with broken arms and legs who were older than age 18 months were likely to have
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