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Open Fracture of the Finger

An Open Wound Over a Fracture Makes This an 'Open Fracture'


Updated July 26, 2010

Open Fracture of the Finger
(c) Bien Stephenson
An open fracture is simply an open wound associated with a fracture. This broken finger has a laceration over the fracture site. A close look at the picture reveals a deep wound and evidence of fatty tissue on the edges of the laceration (the yellowish coloring).

You don't need to see bone to call a fracture open. Open fractures have a greater chance of infection. Open fractures should get the same broken bone treatment as any other fracture plus control all bleeding and dress the wound if possible.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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