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X-ray of an elderly woman's fractured fibula bone

X-ray of an elderly woman's fractured fibula bone

M330/0722

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DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Broken ankle. X-ray of the ankle joint of a 60 year old woman showing a fractured fibula. The fibula is the long, thin bone descending from top centre. The fracture appears as a dark crevice just above centre on the right edge of the fibula. To the left of the fibula is the tibia (shin bone), with the bones of the foot at bottom left. Broken bones are fairly common among elderly women as their bones become brittle after the menopause due to a lack of the hormone oestrogen. Fractures such as this cause pain and severely limit joint movement, and may also be associated with torn ligaments in the area. A fracture such as this has to be set in a cast, and may take months to heal.

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