What Is a Comminuted Fracture?

    A comminuted (kah-muh-NOOT-ed) fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.

    How Do Comminuted Fractures Happen?

    It takes a lot of force for someone to get a comminuted fracture. A car accident or serious fall, for instance, can cause this type of break.

    Illustration: Comminuted fracture

    How Are Comminuted Fractures Treated?

    Someone with a comminuted fracture will probably need surgery. Then, he or she will need to wear a splint or cast for a while to keep the bone from moving while it heals.

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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