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When should you call 911 about a broken leg?

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  • You think a thighbone is broken. The thighbone (or femur) extends from the hip to the knee.
  • A bone has punctured the skin.

From: Broken Leg Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: "Broken Leg."

KidsHealth: "Broken Bones" and "Broken Bone Instruction Sheet."

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Tibia (Shinbone) Fracture" and "Femur (Thighbone) Fracture."

Broken Leg Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center: "Broken Leg."

KidsHealth: "Broken Bones" and "Broken Bone Instruction Sheet."

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Tibia (Shinbone) Fracture" and "Femur (Thighbone) Fracture."

Broken Leg Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

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