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Why are broken bones dangerous?

You were driving down a particularly hazardous part of the roadway when another vehicle came around the curve too quickly. The driver overcorrected, causing him to careen into your vehicle.

Immediately, you could tell that your leg was broken. It was extremely painful, and you knew you needed to get help. The only relief you had at the time was that you knew that broken bones couldn't kill you. Interestingly enough, while that thought might have gotten you through the incident, it's not true.

A broken bone isn't always viewed as a particularly hazardous injury, even though it is painful. However, certain types of broken bones can be lethal or result in serious injuries and the need for surgery.

One good example of the potential hazards of a broken bone is a femoral shaft fracture that leaks bone marrow. Bones are vascular, which means that the marrow (or fat) can enter the blood stream. If that happens, the fat can coagulate and cause a buildup of blood in the body. Essentially, the fat creates a clot that can kill you. The fat can coagulate anywhere in the body and cause respiratory distress or brain trauma.

If the bone marrow doesn't cause serious complications, the loss of blood from a femoral fracture may. The femoral artery is large, since it's the main artery to the leg. If this is severed when the femoral shaft breaks, it's possible to bleed to death from the injury.

Even broken bones are hazardous to your health, which is why you should take it seriously when you file a claim for your injuries. The other driver should be held responsible for any and all injuries you've suffered.

Source: Orthopaedics One, "How can a femoral shaft fracture be lethal," accessed Aug. 03, 2017

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