Broken bone

Alternative Names

Bone – broken; Fracture; Stress fracture

Definition of Broken bone

If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compound fracture).

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/2/2009

X-ray
Fracture types (1)
Fracture, forearm - X-ray
External fixation device
Fractures across a growth plate
Internal fixation devices
Fracture types (2)
Bone fracture repair  - series

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