Fractured Forearm Evaluation
The evaluation of a forearm fracture begins with a history and physical examination.
Physical findings in someone with a forearm fracture may include:
- Forearm tenderness
- Forearm swelling
- Forearm bruising
- Forearm deformity
- Abnormal capillary refill test:
- The capillary refill test is performed by pressing gently on a fingernail tip, to make the normally pink fingernail bed turn white. When this pressure is released, a well-hydrated (or mildly dehydrated person) will have enough blood flow to return the fingernail bed to its usual pinkish color in under two seconds.
- Hand numbness (unilateral)
- Hand weakness (unilateral)
Testing is required to make the diagnosis of a forearm fracture and determine its severity.
Tests that may be used to evaluate forearm fracture include:
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