A 41-year-old member asked:
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will an x-ray be able to detect a spiral fracture on an infant after over 4 months have passed since the injury?

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Old fractures have a particular appearance that is identifiable on xrays, even years after the original injury.
Answered on Aug 22, 2017
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Dr. Richard Pollard
30 years experience Anesthesiology
Probably: The x-rays will usually reveal old fractures, long after the event has occurred.
Answered on Aug 22, 2017

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Should be: A proper xr should pick this up.
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Dr. Selene Parekh
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Not always: It depends if the break is out of alignment or some bone healing has occurred.
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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See orthopedic : You need to have the pediatric orthopaedic surgeon manage this.

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