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A 37-year-old female asked:

my 12 year old son has one broken finger, and his doc put him in a cast up to his elbow. is this typical treatment for just a finger?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Schaner
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
It depends: It depends on the type of fracture and where it is. Some fractures can be treated by simple buddy taping; others require more extensive splinting and even surgery.
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
No: That is not typical for only a finger fracture.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Fracture: For a finger fracture usually a splint works or taping the fractured finger to adjacent finger. If one has an associated fracture of other hand bones or wrist etc may require additional cast.

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A 27-year-old male asked:

My son has a bruise on his arm that has a lump the size of a pea in it should I be worried?

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See below: The lump can be do to the trauma that caused the bruise. I would not be concerned, unless your son starts developing bruises without trauma.

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