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Effects of Obesity on Pediatric Fracture Care and Management
Meredith A. Lazar-Antman, MD1; Arabella I. Leet, MD2
1 Pediatrics Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Winthrop-University Hospital 222 Station Plaza North, Suite 305, Mineola, NY 11501. E-mail address: Meredith.lazar@gmail.com
2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children-Honolulu, 1310 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96826. E-mail address: Aleet@shrinenet.org
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Investigation performed at the Pediatrics Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York, and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

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Copyright © 2012 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2012 May 02;94(9):855-861. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.01839
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Obese children have a theoretically increased risk of sustaining an extremity fracture because of potential variations in their bone mineral density, serum leptin levels, and altered balance and gait.

Trauma databases suggest an increased rate of extremity fractures in obese children and adolescents involved in polytrauma compared with nonobese children and adolescents.

Anesthetic and other perioperative concerns for obese pediatric trauma patients undergoing surgery include higher baseline blood pressures, increased rates of asthma, and obstructive sleep apnea.

A child’s weight must be considered when choosing the type of implant for fixation of pediatric femoral fractures.

Fracture prevention strategies in obese pediatric patients consist of ensuring properly sized safety gear for both motor vehicles and sporting activities and implementing structured weight-loss programs.

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