Non-union fracture

Non-union fractures, also referred to as nonunions, are broken bones (i.e. fractures) that not healed properly. A delayed union is when a fracture takes longer than usual to heal. Usually, a fracture will heal without any problems as post-injury and treatment, new bone tissue develops around the fracture, connecting the broken pieces of bone. There are certain risk factors that increase the risk of a non-union fracture, including:

  • Older age
  • Anaemia
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Poor nutrition
  • Infection
  • if the fracture is very complex and severe
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