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Fractures

Types of fractures of the bone

TermDefinition
Closed fracture a simple bone fracture with no open wound.
Open fracture a broken bone protrudes through the skin or an external wound leads to a broken bone.
Greenstick fracture one side of the bone is broken and the other is bent; most common in children.
Impacted fracture the broken ends of the bone are jammed into each other.
Comminuted fracture there is more than one fracture line, and the bone is splintered or crushed.
Spiral fracture the bone has been twisted apart; relatively common in skiing accidents.
Transverse the fracture goes straight across the bone.
Oblique the break occurs at an angle across the bone.
Created by: Jessica Venyke