The nurse is reviewing the x-ray of a patient with a fractured tibia. The x-ray shows a fracture diagonal to the bone's long axis. What type of fracture is this?

Oblique fracture

Explanation

• An oblique fracture is when the fracture is diagonal to the bone's long axis

• A comminuted fracture is when the bone is splintered or crushed and has multiple fragments

• A transverse fracture is when the bone is fractured at a right angle to the long axis

• A linear fracture is when the bone is fractured parallel to the long axis

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