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Veterinarian Infographic: What is a Salter Harris Fracture?

Posted by Cari Wise on January 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM
Cari Wise
Dr. Cari Wise is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a Masters degree in Education from Argosy University in 2015. Throughout her career, Dr. Wise has utilized her veterinary education in variety of settings including private and corporate small animal practice, shelter medicine, spay/neuter clinics, veterinary relief services, start-up practice ownership, and veterinary technician education.


Veterinarian Student, A Salter-Harris fracture involves fractures of the growth plate. These fractures are specifically seen in young, growing animals. The growth plate fractures because it’s the weakest part of the bone.

If fractured, surgery needs to be done as soon as possible, after the injury occurs. Veterinary surgeons use the Salter-Harris system to categorize these fractures into grades or types.

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Type 1: separation through the growth plate- best prognosis.

Type 2: component of fracture travels up the metaphysis.

Type 3: component of fracture travels down the epiphysis.

Type 4: fracture through the epiphysis and metaphysis crossing the growth plate.

Type 5: crush injury to the growth plate (may not be visible on radiographs)- worst prognosis .


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