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To think this is an obvious fracture? Pic

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XRay72 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:07:45

??? Surely it's quite obvious???

ScarletOverkill Wed 06-Jul-16 21:09:35

Is that the clavicle?
I can't see a break

XRay72 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:10:29

Top of the humerus

8FencingWire Wed 06-Jul-16 21:10:35

Neck of humerus, you mean?

WellErrr Wed 06-Jul-16 21:11:00

Yes, fairly obvious!


8FencingWire Wed 06-Jul-16 21:11:41

I'm not a radiographer.
Why do you ask?

Hassled Wed 06-Jul-16 21:11:43

I don't see a break but then I'm not a medic and don't know what I'm looking at.
What's the issue? Do you feel you were given incorrect information at a hospital?

HardleyWorthit Wed 06-Jul-16 21:12:18

Why op?

XRay72 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:12:44

Neck, top, whatever grin I'm not a HCP.

Because they missed it in a and e and I saw it and questioned they said was fine then got a call later to say it was double checked and I needed a fracture clinic appointment and then when I was seen they were really surprised it hasn't been spotted

beetroot2 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:14:01

Ok, so doctors are human too. It was missed then picked up.

8FencingWire Wed 06-Jul-16 21:14:17

I wasn't correcting you, we posted at the same time.

HardleyWorthit Wed 06-Jul-16 21:14:32

That's why they double check. And they called you back.

8FencingWire Wed 06-Jul-16 21:15:25

To err is human, OP. It was picked up.
I hope you're ok now. flowers

XRay72 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:16:28

I know and I'm grateful smile I was just a bit annoyed as when I pointed it out, the look I got was horrendous! Thank you, still in pain but doing good

DeepFriedCamembert Wed 06-Jul-16 21:18:50

Yes, very obvious fracture. I'd write a letter to ensure the individual who missed it gets some additional training or support

CesareBorgiasUnicornMask Wed 06-Jul-16 21:19:52

It took me a couple of minutes to find but I'm only a med student and shit at xrays. Can see how somebody very tired/ busy might have missed it though. Are you OK?

lougle Wed 06-Jul-16 21:21:02

No, that's obvious grin

Wombat79 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:24:40

fractured greater tuberosity possibly extending into the neck of humerus (exposure not great) - very clear to me as a physio. It might be the angle of the x-ray but the shoulder looks like it might also have some arthritis as the joint space is very narrow.

welshweasel Wed 06-Jul-16 21:27:18

When I was an A&E doc all missed fractures would be reported back to the doctor who missed it and education provided. It's the only way you learn. I remember one of my colleagues (who is now an orthopaedic consultant) missing a hip fracture, he was mortified the following day. Hope you heal soon.

OurBlanche Wed 06-Jul-16 21:29:41

I think some may be looking at the distal end of the clavicle ... that is not fractured, that's 2 separate bones smile

The possible fracture is lower... and given the exposure I'm not sure it is a fracture. But I would echo Wombat's query about the joint space... that does look narrow!

Ask lots of questions when you go back, XRay... good luck

brotherhoodofspam Wed 06-Jul-16 21:30:33

Yes, fairly obvious (and that's to someone who hasn't routinely looked at x-ray films for years), but as POs said that's why most A&E department have some sort of back up checking system which clearly worked in this case.

ManonLescaut Wed 06-Jul-16 21:32:53

That's nothing, a friend of mine fractured 3 vertebrae in her neck & that was missed by A&E. She had to go back and insist.

Genvonklinkerhoffen Wed 06-Jul-16 21:34:34

Welsh (sorry to hijack op) do Drs and paramedics (and nurses etc) have a formal post trauma (ie death of patient etc) debrief to prevent PTSD development in later life? I know the armed forces do, just writing a brief for someone and didn't know how it worked for you.


Op, hope you heal soon, will it just be a sling? Or a cast etc? What did you do btw?

XRay72 Wed 06-Jul-16 21:35:05

I'm glad you think it's nothing but it bloody hurt!

justkeeponsmiling Wed 06-Jul-16 21:35:08

Another ecample of a hard-to-spot fracture

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