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Types of Fractures

QuestionAnswer
Fracture A broken bone
Closed Reduction A broken bone manipulated and set into its natural position without surgery
Open Reduction Requires surgery to expose the fracture and reset the bone
Transverse Occurs straight across the long axis of the bone
Oblique Occurs at an angle that is not 90 degrees
Comminuted Several breaks result in many small pieces between two large segments
Spiral Bone segments are pulled apart as a result of a twisting motion
Impacted One fragment is driven into the other, usually as a result of compression
Greenstick A partial fracture in which only one side of the bone is broken
Open (or compound) A fracture in which at least one end of the broken bone tears through the skin; carries a high risk of infection
Closed (or simple) A fracture in which the skin remains intact
Created by: Park4ex