A comminuted (say: kah-muh-NOOT-ed) fracture
is a type of broken bone. The
bone is broken into more than two pieces.
It takes a lot of force for someone to get a comminuted fracture. A car accident
or serious fall, for instance, can cause this type of break.
A kid who gets a comminuted fracture probably will need surgery.
Then, the kid will need to wear a splint
or cast for a while to keep the bone
from moving while it heals.
Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas