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A 43-year-old member asked:

if a fracture doesn't show up on an x-ray, what else could it be?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
It could still: be a fracture. Certain fractures don't show up on the first X-ray. it could be a bone contusion or soft tissue injury.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you have a fracture, that was not seen on x-ray?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
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Yes: Certain fractures around the elbow, wrist, and hand can be missed on high quality x-rays. If you have persistent pain following an injury, it is important to consult your physician and to see if additional diagnostic studies (e.g. Repeat x-rays, cat scans, or MRI scans) might be helpful.
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Several foot fractures may also not appear on plain x-ray initially.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could I have a fracture that was undetected on an x-ray?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Sure: Stress fractures may not show up on the first set of x-rays one gets.....
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I have a fracture that was not detected on an x-ray?

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Dr. Milan Sen
Dr. Milan Sen answered
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: An undisplaced fracture may not be visible on an xray. If the doctor has a high clinical suspicion of a fracture with a negative xray, they may order a more sensitive study - ct scan or mri. Repeating the xrays in 2-3 weeks may also reveal a fracture line which was not initially seen.
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A female asked:

I have a colles fracture. Should i go every week to the doctor to take an X-ray ?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
2 weeks: Not sure of your age or whether your distal radius fx w/ dorsal angulation(colles' fx.) needed reduction or whether it went into the joint( intraarticular). These are all important factors when seeing patients for follow-up.Ors vary but most would see u after a closed reduction( or orif) in 1 wk. And then every 2 wks.Until fx.Has healed and motion/ strength regained.
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If X-ray findings reveal old fracture does that mean it is healed or not?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Healed: But healed fractures always leave a bone scar.

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