A fracture is a bone break.
Fractures may be described by the extent to which the bone has shattered:
- incomplete or 'greenstick' - not fully broken through but with a pattern resembling the outer splintering of a green stick when it is bent. Usually found in children.
- complete - broken cleanly into two pieces
- multiple - broken into more than two pieces
- comminuted - shattered into several bits
- transverse, oblique or spiral
In addition a fracture may be:
- simple or closed - where no fragment has penetrated the skin
- open or compound - where the skin has been pierced by a bone fragment, even if the bone has returned under the skin
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