greenstick fracture

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greenstick fracture

a fracture in children in which the bone is partly bent and splinters only on the convex side of the bend

greenstick fracture

[′grēn‚stik ‚frak·chər]
(medicine)
An incomplete fracture of a long bone, seen in children; the bone is bent but splintered only on the convex side.
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6 Greenstick fracture If a bone in the arm or leg bends, it may crack on one side only, producing an incomplete break, called a greenstick fracture.
Classical radiographs demonstrating the appearance of compression fractures, comminuted fractures, compound fractures, segmental fractures, spiral fractures, greenstick fractures, torus fractures, and stress fractures were examined.
Torus and greenstick fractures are 2 common types of incomplete childhood fracture.
And then there's casualty at the local cottage hospital, where anything from a sprained ankle as a result of an ebullient twirl on the dance floor at Butlins, to greenstick fractures in children are the norm.