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Unformatted text preview: As blood escapes from the fractured ends of the bones it causes swelling in the local area of the fracture. This swelling presses on the nerves of the skin and surrounding structures causing the sensation of pain. Types of Fracture Compound - Fragments of the fractured bone penetrate the skin, leaving an open wound prone to infection. Compound fractures can be from within (where the bones penetrate the skin then go back into the body) or from without (where the bones penetrate and remain external to the skin) Complicated - A complicated fracture involves blood vessels, nerves, the spinal column, brain or the contents of the chest or abdomen How are Fractures Diagnosed? • History and Examination • X-Ray • Antero-posterior • Lateral • Oblique • CT scan • Multiple planes • MRI • Ultrasound • Bone Scan...
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Bone fracture, Fracture dislocation