Col X-ray showing the compound fracture of a femur

Col X-ray showing the compound fracture of a femur

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Credit: DEPT. OF CLINICAL RADIOLOGY, SALISBURY DISTRICT HOSPITAL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Broken thigh bone. Coloured X-ray image showing a compound fracture of the upper part of the shaft of a femur. The bone ends in this case are considerably displaced which typically causes severe pain, tenderness and swelling. In most cases the fracture is repaired by a surgical operation performed under general anaesthesia. The bone ends are realigned and fastened together with a long metal pin. After realigment the leg is supported with a splint and put in traction to hold the bone in the correct position for healing.

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Keywords: broken, compound, compound fracture, condition, disorder, femur, fracture, healthcare, injury, leg, medical, medical diagnosis, medicine, technique, thigh bone, x-ray, xray

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