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What is a Comminuted Fracture?

Description of the disease

A comminuted fracture is a type of fracture in which the bone is broken into multiple fragments. It is a serious injury that requires medical intervention.


  • Closed comminuted fracture
  • Open comminuted fracture


Symptoms of a comminuted fracture may include severe pain, swelling, impaired function of the injured limb, as well as bone shards, misaligned limbs, or deformity.


A comminuted fracture usually occurs due to severe trauma, such as in a car accident, fall from a height, or sports injuries.


Diagnosis of a comminuted fracture requires X-rays, computed tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging.


Treatment of a comminuted fracture may involve surgical intervention, the use of orthopedic devices, casting, and rehabilitation.


Prevention of a comminuted fracture includes following safety measures, using protective gear in sports, and preventing accidents and falls.


A traumatologist-orthopedist treats comminuted fractures.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.