Birth Fractures

Michelle L. Sagan*, Angielyn San Juan

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Musculoskeletal injuries sustained during birth are relatively uncommon and comprise <1% of live births. In the absence of postnatal trauma, infants found to have a fracture in the first week of life are considered to have a birth fracture. The most common injury sustained is a clavicle fracture, followed by diaphyseal fractures of the humerus and femur, and more uncommon are physeal injuries. Though an overwhelming majority of these fractures require minimal intervention and do not have long-term sequelae, it is important to recognize these injuries as it enables the clinician to provide supportive care to both the infant and the parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrthopaedics for the Newborn and Young Child
Subtitle of host publicationa Practical Clinical Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783031111365
ISBN (Print)9783031111358
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Birth fractures
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Humerus fractures
  • Physeal injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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