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What could cause a spiral fracture in the femur of a 5-week-old infant?

What could cause a spiral fracture in the femur of a 5-week-old infant?

Abuse or defect: My top thought would be the twisting action of a grumpy parent trying to change a diaper in a crying infant. There are some rare metabolic disorders that would make the bones weak, and accidental injury more possible. However, I would place abuse, even by accident, at the top of my list, and pursue a full family evaluation. Many larger hospitals have a team that works thru this issue. ...Read more

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Can a six femur bone sorial fracture happen without abuse in a 6-month-old infant?

Can a six femur bone sorial fracture happen without abuse in a 6-month-old infant?

Unlikely: Spiral fractures in an infant are abuse until proven otherwise. They require a twisting force that the baby cannot do to themselves in any fashion. ...Read more

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27w2d pregnant. 4d scan, femur length 47.8, should I worry about ds? Everything else is perfect. Efw ac/fl is 2lb7oz. Does that mean a short baby?

27w2d pregnant. 4d scan, femur length 47.8, should I worry about ds? Everything else is perfect. Efw ac/fl is 2lb7oz. Does that mean a short baby?

Discuss with doc: Your doctor should be able to look at your overall pregnancy, family history and determine if you had maternal genetic screening done in the first and /or second trimester. They can then look at the presence of short femurs in the context of your overall pregnancy to provide guidance on whether the presence of short femurs is a cause for concern. ...Read more

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If a child were to break both femur bones in an accident would his growth be stunted and he end up shorter?

If a child were to break both femur bones in an accident would his growth be stunted and he end up shorter?

Location, location: The location of the fracture is important. If the fracture involves the growth plates of the bone, growth may be affected. The more severe the injury is to the growth plate, the more likely a problem will occur. In other locations of the femur, growth problems are less likely. Close monitoring will be required with xrays to determine if there might be a problem. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks today at ultrasound was told short femur& hemur other doc said short baby short parents, no other markers 4 dwarfism. Otherwise, normal?

I'm 33 weeks today at ultrasound was told short femur& hemur other doc said short baby short parents, no other markers 4 dwarfism. Otherwise, normal?

Can't be sure: But both are potentially correct. Also, you do not have to be a dwarf or midget (as formal designations) to be of short stature. Discuss with your attending OB for elaboration and clarification. ...Read more

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My fetus has one short femur, what's wrong?

My fetus has one short femur, what's wrong?

Not sure: Will just have to wait till birth to do full examination. Could be a growth defect limited to just that femur. Prognosis will depend upon orthopedic evaluation after birth. ...Read more

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Does a fractured femur in a child have to be painful?

Does a fractured femur in a child have to be painful?

Pain: Unfortunately, a fractured femur for child or adult is going to be painful. ...Read more

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My husband got shot in his upper thigh. Femur got replaced with metal rod. Why is his leg shorter than the other? Will this affected his back?

My husband got shot in his upper thigh. Femur got replaced with metal rod. Why is his leg shorter than the other? Will this affected his back?

Yes: The doctors who placed rod were perhaps not as skillful as they might have been, although placement of a metal rod to replace a shattered femur, to save a leg, and preserve function is no mean feat. In the old days it would have been simply off with the leg. A unilateral short leg can impose mechanical stress on sacroiliac joints of the pelvis and, over time with repetative stress, loosen them. ...Read more

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I dev. Osteochondritis dessicans in lateral chondyl femur as child. 1st surgery at 18, now 58, 5'7, 125 lbs., feel crippled by pain, swelling. Options?

I dev. Osteochondritis dessicans in lateral chondyl femur as child. 1st surgery at 18, now 58, 5'7, 125 lbs., feel crippled by pain, swelling. Options?

Partial knee replace: Unicompartmental knee replacement performs very well in the vast majority of patients who are appropriate candidates.
The advantages of partial knee replacement over total knee replacement include:
quicker recovery
less pain after surgery
less blood loss
good luck. ...Read more

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At 33 weeks pregnant, baby's femur measured slightly smaller than the gestational age and everything else was slightly larger. What could this mean?

At 33 weeks pregnant, baby's femur measured slightly smaller than the gestational age and everything else was slightly larger. What could this mean?

Normal variation?: Size, eg, length estimates by ultrasound can vary due to sonographer difficulty in obtaining measurement, inherent errors in the calculation, or genetic variation--just look at the parents of the baby! In rare cases variations from normal can be due to growth or other problem in the fetus. It is always appropriate to ask those ordering or performing a fetal ultrasound to interpret their findings. ...Read more

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At my last ultrasound, my baby's head measured 33cm, belly was 34cm, and femur was 7.9cm. How much does my baby weigh? I was 37 1/2 weeks at the time.

At my last ultrasound, my baby's head measured 33cm, belly was 34cm, and femur was 7.9cm. How much does my baby weigh? I was 37 1/2 weeks at the time.

Ask your doctor: The ultrasound machine will have generated an estimated fetal weight based on these measurements. Your doctor should have that report. That said, this is typically quite inaccurate as it is only within +/- a pound. So a "6 pd" baby on ultrasound can weigh anywhere from 5-7 pounds at birth! ...Read more

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I was born with my left femur 15mm shorter. As a result my achilles' tendon has tightened so much that my heel now sits 2in off ground. Please advise?

I was born with my left femur 15mm shorter. As a result my achilles' tendon has tightened so much that my heel now sits 2in off ground. Please advise?

There are ways to : Fix this. My question would be had the problem recently been worse as if you are 39 have you tried to correct the problem before or only recently has it worsened?
The achilles/gastroc complex can be strethced, lengthened, the femur can be lengthened. I would recommend a consult with an orthopedist to explore all your options. ...Read more

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How long can a broken femur bone go unnoticed on a new born premature baby?

How long can a broken femur bone go unnoticed on a new born premature baby?

Depends on type: Non-displaced fractures, will heal quickly and show few, if any signs in a newborn unless significant traction is placed on the upper arm. Since most newborns are not subject to extreme traction or tension after delivery, a non-displaced fracture can go entirely unnoticed, unless at some point the baby has a xray of the arm. Displaced fractures are diagnosed quickly, usually right after birth ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby to have a femur and tibia fracture just by an adult rolling onto them?

Is it possible for a baby to have a femur and tibia fracture just by an adult rolling onto them?

Abuse: Multiple fractures in an infant are a warming sign of abuse. While what is described is possible this mechanism of injury is rare. The child should be evaluated for abuse first and ruled out before discounting this possibility. ...Read more

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Can a one-month old baby get a broken femur while his diaper is getting changed? Can it be an accident? There are no bruising or swelling.

Can a one-month old baby get a broken femur while his diaper is getting changed? Can it be an accident? There are no bruising or swelling.

Baby legs: The legs of a child would not break during a diaper change. The only exception to that is if your baby had a rare bone disease like osteogenic imperfecta, a condition where the bones are thin and fragile no matter what you do and many bones would break. This is a genetic disease. So i very much doubt you have it, but if you did, the baby would show signs like swelling and bruising. ...Read more

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What to do if I had an abortion due to accident resulting in femur bone fracture, when shoud I have a baby now?

What to do if I had an abortion due to accident resulting in femur bone fracture, when shoud I have a baby now?

Well U need 2 wait. : Well U need 2 wait it 2 heal. If U have had it roded, and see is ok, now would B a good time 2 start. ...Read more

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I'm 33 weeks& just had an ultra sound todaythe doctor said the ultra sound lookd normal except long femur& hemur, short parents, no other markers

Long femur: The femur is the bone of the thigh. Though there are indications that a very short femur (less than 5th percentile) is associated with chromosomal problems I have not heard of longer bone lengths found on an OB ultrasound being a marker for any problem. Likely this is your baby's genetics. And a long leg bone a birth doesn't mean your baby will be tall. ...Read more

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I'm 35 weeks pregnant but ultrasound shows babys head at 36 w, abdomen 34, femur 33weeks 5 days... Should i be concerned??

I'm 35 weeks pregnant but ultrasound shows babys head at 36 w, abdomen 34, femur 33weeks 5 days... Should i be concerned??

No: All of those datings are within the margin of error for 35 weeks. Dating by measurements in the third trimester is quite unreliable and as you see with your baby, can vary by several weeks either way. Congratulations, and you are almost there — get lots of rest and pamper yourself before your time is up! ...Read more

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At 30 weeks baby is measuring 2 weeks behind in belly, femur, and head! Is my due date wrong or am I just having a small baby?

At 30 weeks baby is measuring 2 weeks behind in belly, femur, and head! Is my due date wrong or am I just having a small baby?

Detailed evaluation: It would be inappropriate for us to answer this without more detail. Schedule a follow up visit with the doctor providing your prenatal care. They can go through the ultrasound findings in detail with you to design a care plan that is right for you. They can also suggest a maternal fetal medicine consultation if that is indicated. ...Read more

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I have a question about second trimester ultrasound results for my fraternal twins. US was at 23 weeks. Everything looked structurally sound, brain, heart, kidneys, and bowel looked good. Only concern was short humerus and femur. Doc said this increased t

I have a question about second trimester ultrasound results for my fraternal twins. US was at 23 weeks. Everything looked structurally sound, brain, heart, kidneys, and bowel looked good. Only concern was short humerus and femur. Doc said this increased t

Ultrasound: Even though we did not get the complete result of your twins ultrasound, it is best to rely on your treating physician for information concerning it. If you need a second opinion (especially for twins) I suggest you take the Ultrasound images, which you can check out from the facility which did the ultrasound, and see a Maternal Fetal Specialist. They are the experts in this field. ...Read more

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Why would you get a hole in your femur?

Why would you get a hole in your femur?

Djd, congenital: Could be from degenerative joint dz, congenital or from trauma. ...Read more