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What is a closed fracture?

A closed fracture occurs when there is no break in the skin.

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicologist

A closed fracture is an injury where a bone is broken but the overlying skin is intact.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A closed fracture is a break in the bone where the skin is not broken.

A closed fracture is a break or crack in the bone that does not come through the skin but sometimes causes injury to tissues in the area. A closed fracture can vary in severity, depending on what bone is affected and how large the crack or break is. Because the skin is not opened in a closed fracture, the risk of infection or complications from exposure to the air is lower.

In a closed fracture the skin is not broken. Closed fractures are more common than open fractures.

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