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If a baby has a spiral fracture to the arm would it be visible on future x rays?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
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In brief: Possibly

Although the body's ability to heal & remodel a broken bone is amazing (especially in an infant) evidence of an old fracture may show on radiograph (x-ray) especially if the fracture fragments are not in perfect alignment.
Thus the bone should be x-rayed, aligned, & cast/braced by orthopedic surgeon to prevent deformity or decreased function.

In brief: Possibly

Although the body's ability to heal & remodel a broken bone is amazing (especially in an infant) evidence of an old fracture may show on radiograph (x-ray) especially if the fracture fragments are not in perfect alignment.
Thus the bone should be x-rayed, aligned, & cast/braced by orthopedic surgeon to prevent deformity or decreased function.
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