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Long bone fracture
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Long bone fracture

Contributors: David Sullo MD
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Synopsis

A break in one of the long bones of the skeleton, such as the humerus or femur. Long bone fractures typically require a significant amount of force such as from a motor vehicle accident, a fall from a significant height, or a direct blow with a blunt object. Symptoms typically include deformity of the affected limb, point tenderness, and pain with movement.

Related topics: femoral shaft fracture, distal femur fracture, distal femoral physeal fracture, pediatric supracondylar fracture of humerus

Codes

ICD10CM:
S42.309A – Unspecified fracture of shaft of humerus, unspecified arm, initial encounter for closed fracture
S72.90XA – Unspecified fracture of unspecified femur, initial encounter for closed fracture

SNOMEDCT:
66308002 – Fracture of humerus
71620000 – Fracture of femur

Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

Prior to imaging, which will demonstrate fracture and location, the differential may include:

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Last Updated:01/30/2022
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