Test Findings
 

Deformity of Fracture

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Overview

  • Look For displacement, shortening, angulation or rotation of a fracture fragment. This is reported as the deformity of the distal fragment in relation to the proximal fragment.
    • Types of Fracture Deformity

    • Displacement - dorsal (posterior), volar (anterior) or lateral displacement of the distal fragment with respect to the proximal fragment.
    • Shortening - overlapping of fracture ends
    • Angulation - the angle created between the distal fragment and the proximal fragment due to the fracture.
    • Rotation - of the bone along its long axis
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