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What causes an open (compound) fracture?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An open or compound fracture happens when enough force hits the bone to cause it to break and stick out through the skin. It can happen as the result of falling, such as falls you may take when riding a bicycle. When playing sports, a bone may be hit directly, which may also cause this kind of fracture. Twists, collisions, and accidents, such as car crashes, may cause these fractures, too.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
There may be many causes and risks for an open fracture. A simple fall may cause an open fracture  as well as major trauma such as a automobile accident.  Basically, any type of injury could cause an  open fracture.

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