20 month old broken tibia - spiral fracture

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Hi all, I was hoping to be able to post an xray pic but not sure I can? Any way 1.5 weeks ago my toddler had an accident on a slide causing a spiral fracture of his tibia. I had him at a fracture clinic yesterday but didnt get a good look at his xray while I was there. When I got home I notice a gaping hole in his tibia bone and now I'm freaking out a bit!! Im not sure if it's a shadow or if the fracture is far worse than I thought. He only has a half cast with the plaster only at the back along his calf from foot to above knee, the Dr yesterday wouldn't change his cast as he didn't want the bones to move. Help ?? can someone tell me if this 'hole' could just be a shadow? Is there a way I can add a photo?


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    Not sure what you mean about 'gaping hole'. try googling 'tibia xrays' and just look at the 'images'.   Does your toddlers xray look like those? ie normal.   Could it be something metal that was obscuring part of the tibia at the time of the xray. I'm sure a gaping hole would be immediately spotted by the fracture clinic  bods. when is his next appointment at the clinic?

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      Hi Marina, on the xray i have a front and side view of the fracture. On the front view i can see the crack at the bottom of his tibia spiraling up and then on the side view there is a big empty looking area where the crack continues up from the front view.

      It doesn't look like other fractures as the bones are in place, its as though the bone has split and a chunk has popped out.

      His next appointment is in n 3 weeks.

      Thanks for your reply smile

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    children's bones are softer than adults. they look different on x-rays, and also fractures are different.

    i was explained that when i was in hospital with the broken ankle. a child was plastered right before me even if his bone was very bent didn't require reduction.

    the bones also heal faster because is soft

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