How does an open fracture differ from a closed fracture?

Answer In an open fracture, a piece of the broken bone protrudes through the skin.

In an open fracture, the bone is exposed (open) to the external environment. An impacted fracture is one in which a portion of the bone penetrates the medullary cavity. A hairline fracture is one in which the bones remain aligned. A comminuted fracture is one in which the bone is broken into several pieces.

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