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Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Sure is
Fractures in the hand can be subtle.
Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractures that are not displaced might only become apparent on xray after 7-10 days. Features of hand fractures include swelling, deformity, and point tenderness. If a question exists, see a hand surgeon.

In brief: Sure is
Fractures in the hand can be subtle.
Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractures that are not displaced might only become apparent on xray after 7-10 days. Features of hand fractures include swelling, deformity, and point tenderness. If a question exists, see a hand surgeon.
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Afraz Adam
Urgent Care
In brief: Definitely
There are quite a few subtle fractures of the hand that can be easily missed on the first round of X Rays.
it is only when X Rays are repeated in a few weeks then the signs of a healing fracture are seen. A fracture of the scaphoid bone in the wrist is pretty well known for being missed initially. If there is clinical suspicion, a CT scan can be organised to confirm or rule out a fracture

In brief: Definitely
There are quite a few subtle fractures of the hand that can be easily missed on the first round of X Rays.
it is only when X Rays are repeated in a few weeks then the signs of a healing fracture are seen. A fracture of the scaphoid bone in the wrist is pretty well known for being missed initially. If there is clinical suspicion, a CT scan can be organised to confirm or rule out a fracture
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