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what are symptoms for hairline fractures in the cheekbone. can that be diagnosed without a x-ray?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Hairline Fx means-: -no displacement so hard 2 C if images R not of good quality. If the cause is significant trauma Ur exam will be helpful & raise suspicion, & a CT will show it well.
Dr. John cuong Doan
Family Medicine 18 years experience
If you had: a traumatic event to your cheekbone (zygomatic arch), then you may have a fracture that should show up on facial X-rays after 1-2 weeks. Persistent pain in specific location on examination of the arch as well as facial asymmetry/ abnormal indentation, etc. It's more common for the orbital bone to fracture during a traumatic fall/ accident.

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