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Classification of Bone Fractures

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Nondisplaced
ends retain normal alignment
displaced
ends out of normal alignment
complete
broke all the way through
incomplete
not broken all the way through
linear
parallel to long axis of the bone
transverse
perpendicular to long axis of the bone
compound
bone ends penetrate the skin
simple
bone ends do not penetrate the skin
comminuted
fragments into 3+ pieces
compression
bone is crushed
spiral
ragged break
epipheseal
separation of epiphysis from diaphysis
depressed
part of bone pressed in skull fractures
Greenstick
incomplete break