A 28-year-old female asked:
is it possible for a hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal to not show up in two xrays? one xray 2days after, second 10days after injury.
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Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Broken bones go thru many stages. A fracture that is "hairline" ( non-displaced and not evident on plain X-rays (usually because of technique or angulation) will be come more evident as it heals. The body starts resorbing the bone along the fracture line to make way for the new bone making a hairline fracture more evident followed by fracture callus increased calcification at 2-4 weeks
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Last updated Sep 15, 2017
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