What Is a Comminuted Fracture?
A comminuted (kah-muh-NOOT-ed) fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.
How Do Comminuted Fractures Happen?
It takes a lot of force for someone to get a comminuted fracture. A car accident or serious fall, for instance, can cause this type of break.
How Are Comminuted Fractures Treated?
Someone with a comminuted fracture will probably need surgery. Then, they'll need to wear a splint or cast for a while to keep the bone from moving while it heals.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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