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What is the main difference between a compound fracture and a contusion?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jonesanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Injury Type: A contusion is essentially an area of injured tissue with ruptured capillaries - what is commonly referred to as a "bruise." a compound fracture is also called an "open fracture" and it is a broken bone that has erupted through the skin.
Dr. John Callahan
Podiatry 24 years experience
Very different: A contusion is the bio equivalent of a bone bruise from blount force trauma a compound fracture is where a bone breaks and protrudes thought the skin.

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