What is the role of radiography in the diagnosis of tibia and fibula fracture in the emergency department (ED)?

Updated: Nov 30, 2017
  • Author: Jeffrey G Norvell, MD, MBA, RDMS; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Perform radiographs of the knee, tibia/fibula, and ankle as indicated (see the image below). Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles with lower extremity fractures have a high incidence of concomitant spine, chest, or intra-abdominal injuries. [17] These patients may need additional radiographic tests to rule out these injuries when clinically indicated.

Radiograph demonstrating a displaced tibial shaft Radiograph demonstrating a displaced tibial shaft fracture with associated fibula fracture.

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