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Yes, that broken bone could become life-threatening

You were in an accident. You knew immediately that you were in pain, but you didn't think more of it than you broke your leg. It was excruciating, but in your mind, it wasn't a life-threatening condition.

That's not always true, though, and it nearly cost you your life after your accident. When the femoral shaft fractures, there is the potential for it to impact and lacerate the femoral artery. If this artery is severed, it could cause you to bleed to death in a matter of minutes. That is why every break, no matter how insignificant it seems, needs to be treated by a medical professional.

Why is a femoral break more dangerous than some other types?

A femoral break is more dangerous because of the placement of the femoral artery. The long part of the bone, known as the femoral shaft, may fracture and pierce the femoral artery. If that happens, there is a risk of heavy bleeding. If the break is closed, the bleeding may not be as severe as if the fracture causes an open wound. In that case, bleeding may occur quickly and put your life at risk.

What are some other complications of a femoral fracture?

If the femoral shaft breaks through the skin, there is a risk of infection. There may also be damage to the ligaments, tendons and muscles. If the break has caused the bone to shatter, there may be a need for surgery to remove bone shards and to mend or place the bone back into its correct position.

Femoral shaft fractures typically cause severe pain. The leg is likely to look deformed, and you won't be able to place any weight on it.

A femoral break is most likely to occur in a high-impact collision, like one with multiple vehicles. The person who caused the accident should be held liable if you're suffering as a result of his or her negligence.

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