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Diagnosis of Fracture Using a Tuning Fork and Stethoscope

Specialty:

Orthopedic Surgery
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
General Surgery

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Description:

A tuning fork placed at one end of a bone can be heard clearly with a stethoscope at the opposite end if the bone is intact. Failure to hear the tuning fork suggests a discontinuity (i.e, fracture). This can be used in resource-poor settings as part of the clinical examination.

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