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can a fracture be missed on xray

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Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Sure: Not uncommonly
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Sure is: Fractures in the hand can be subtle. Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractur ... Read More
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Definitely: There are quite a few subtle fractures of the hand that can be easily missed on the first round of X Rays. it is only when X Rays are repeated in a fe ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joey Philip
20 years experience Radiology
It depends: It depends on the type of injury and type of fracture. If the pain persists, especially on the area you touch ( point tenderness) repeat x ray in 7 to ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Mulvania
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Happen frequently: Frequently a hairline fracture will not show until the body has had a chance to react by absorbing dead bone along the fracture or forming new bone ou ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Whether it is a : Fracture, a fracture dislocation or a dislocation proper evaluation and follow up is essential. Call someone today and get seen soon. Don't decide whe ... Read More
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
36 years experience Clinical Psychology
Upgrade?: Your PA may be right to seek more info and it might be good to step up to a more trained pro if there are any findings. Before anyone could even give ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Morse
25 years experience Hepatology
Not necessarily: Plain xrays may certainly miss a stress fracture. Fractures can be surprisingly difficult to diagnose and depend on a lot of factors including the qua ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Fracture callus : Can show up on x-ray once the callus begins to calcify or ossify , meaning it starts to turn or transition into bone. 0ne tens to see this process mo ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It is possible: In many cases, stress fractures aren't apparent on regular x-rays taken shortly after the time your signs and symptoms begin. It often takes several w ... Read More
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Dr. Padraic Obma
19 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Somewhat likely : A Jones Fracture of the 5th metatarsal of your foot will frequently show up on x-Ray but not always. If your provider finds that you are tender over ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Not always: It depends if the break is out of alignment or some bone healing has occurred.

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