Which clinical history is characteristic of tibia and fibula fracture?

Updated: Nov 30, 2017
  • Author: Jeffrey G Norvell, MD, MBA, RDMS; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Mechanisms of injury for tibia-fibula fractures can be divided into 2 categories: (1) low-energy injuries such as ground levels falls and athletic injuries, and (2) high-energy injuries such as motor vehicle injuries, pedestrians struck by motor vehicles, and gunshot wounds

Patients may report a history of direct (motor vehicle crash or axial loading) or indirect (twisting) trauma and may complain of pain, swelling, and inability to ambulate with tibia fracture. Ambulation is possible with isolated fibula fracture.


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