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How do I know if my toddler's arm is fractured?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Need x ray

Was there any tauma. See your pediatrician.

In brief: Need x ray

Was there any tauma. See your pediatrician.
Dr. Diane Minich
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: Antecedent trauma,

refusal to use arm, point tenderness = clues.
If anyone yanked on his arm, it could be nursemaid's elbow. Toxic synovitis, inflammation in a joint, osteomyelitis, infection of bone, & bone tumors can also cause pain. Small fractures of the cortex of the bone may not be visible on X-ray right away, but he still needs to see a hospital-based pediatric ER doctor for exam, X-rays & immobilization. .

In brief: Antecedent trauma,

refusal to use arm, point tenderness = clues.
If anyone yanked on his arm, it could be nursemaid's elbow. Toxic synovitis, inflammation in a joint, osteomyelitis, infection of bone, & bone tumors can also cause pain. Small fractures of the cortex of the bone may not be visible on X-ray right away, but he still needs to see a hospital-based pediatric ER doctor for exam, X-rays & immobilization. .
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Fracture

The best way to tell, is getting an x-ray.
A toddler with a broken arm may continue to use his arm. Children have high pain tolerance. Obvious signs would be swelling and bruising and refusing to use his arm, but these signs may not always be there.

In brief: Fracture

The best way to tell, is getting an x-ray.
A toddler with a broken arm may continue to use his arm. Children have high pain tolerance. Obvious signs would be swelling and bruising and refusing to use his arm, but these signs may not always be there.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Xray exam

Radiograph of arm usually shows fracture.
Clinically usually swelling,sometimes redness and usually pain.

In brief: Xray exam

Radiograph of arm usually shows fracture.
Clinically usually swelling,sometimes redness and usually pain.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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