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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Distinguishing Between Spiral Fracture and Oblique Fracture
could you also tell me how can you distinguish between spiral fracture from oblique fracture and does it take a great deal of twisting force to break the femur
Oblique and spiral are ways to describe the fractured bone. Both types of fractures involve the shaft or long portion of the bone. Spiral fractures may be confused with oblique fractures on xray because special views are sometimes needed to differentiate between the two.
It is difficult to say how much force it takes to break a bone, and often depends on many factors.
Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati