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How soon can you tell a child has damaged a growth plate in his leg, after an injury?

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In brief: Depends

The injury maybe evident immediately on an x-ray.
Sometimes, a slater 1 injury, does not show on an x-ray. This type of growth plate injury is based on clinical history, the mechanism of injury, and the exam. Also, a repeat x-ray, may show evidence of healing on a fracture that was not seen on the initial x-ray.

In brief: Depends

The injury maybe evident immediately on an x-ray.
Sometimes, a slater 1 injury, does not show on an x-ray. This type of growth plate injury is based on clinical history, the mechanism of injury, and the exam. Also, a repeat x-ray, may show evidence of healing on a fracture that was not seen on the initial x-ray.
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