A tranverse fracture is a clean, straight break in the bone. However, it is only one type of fracture. An open fracture, also called a compound fracture, is one that punctures the skin and requires immediate attention to avoid infection. Two other types of fractures, called the comminuted and displaced fractures, often require surgery. A comminuted fracture is when the bone breaks in more than one place. A displaced fracture is when the pieces of bone on either side of the break do not line up.
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Jeanne Morrison, PhD, Family Medicine, answered
A transverse fracture is only one type of fractures. Other fractures include:
1. Closed or simple fracture - the bone is broken but does not puncture the skin.
2. Open or compound fracture - the bone is broken and punctures the skin. The bone may or may not be visible at the punctured site.
3. Comminuted fracture - The fracture is in three or more bone fragments.
4. Greenstick fracture - the fracture is only on one side of the bone.