We report 21 cases of stress fractures which were treated at our department during 1990-1993. There were 16 male and 5 female patients. The average age of the patients was 15.7 years.
Causes of fractures were most frequently running (males) and basketball (females). The tibial bone were most commonly affected. In one of the cases, we report a rare stress fracture of the femoral neck in a 15 year old boy.
This was a compression fracture.
The importance of the early diagnosis is emphasised in order to prevent several complications.