Coloured X-ray of a fractured tibia & fibula

Coloured X-ray of a fractured tibia & fibula

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Caption: Pinned broken leg. Coloured X-ray of a pinned fracture of both the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones). The tibia (larger bone, centre) has been immobilised by metal pins (lower & upper centre). These have been inserted into the bone on either side of the fracture. The pins are held in place by an external metal frame (left of tibia). This is known as external fixation. External fixation is often necessary when treating a comminuted fracture as seen here. Comminuted fractures are those where the bone has shattered into more than two pieces. Fractures of the tibia can take up to 6 months to heal as it is a weight bearing bone.

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Keywords: broken leg, comminuted fracture, condition, disorder, external fixation, fibula, fracture, fractured, fractured tibia, healthcare, injury, leg, medical, medicine, pin, pinned, tibia, xray

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