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Pediatric Broken Bones

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed:

  • Open fracture (also called compound fracture). The bone exits and is visible through the skin, or a deep wound that exposes the bone through the skin.

  • Closed fracture (also called simple fracture). The bone is broken, but the skin is intact.

  • What types of fractures are common in children?
  • What causes a fracture in children?
  • What are the symptoms of a fracture in a child?
  • How is a fracture in children diagnosed?
  • What is the treatment for a fracture in a child?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Matthew Oetgen

Matthew Oetgen

Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Our Stories

Our Stories

Dr. Oetgen and Jared

Jared S.'s Story

Jared was just shy of 6 years old when he fell off his bike and broke his femur in the summer of 2015.


Departments

Departments

Trauma and Burn Surgery

Children's National has the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the Washington, D.C., area and accepts trauma patients from all geographic areas. We partner with the Maryland Shock Trauma System to provide coverage in Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties.

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children’s National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.

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