Diaphyseal Tibial Fractures Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Sep 23, 2020
  • Author: Murali Poduval, MBBS, MS, DNB; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

The diagnosis of a traumatic tibial shaft fracture is usually straightforward and is made on the basis of classic symptoms and signs. However, stress fractures can be missed by reason of the subacute or chronic nature of the presentation. [34] The possibility of serious infections (eg, necrotizing fasciitis [35] and gas gangrene [36] ) must be considered in open fractures with delayed presentation, as well as perioperatively in the presence of extensive injury.