Broken Femur (Thigh Bone) in Children

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    What is a broken femur?

    A broken femur (thigh bone) is a break in your child’s longest, largest, heaviest and strongest bone. The femur makes normal standing and walking possible. Although it’s a difficult bone to break, femur fractures in childhood are not uncommon.

    Because of the femur’s great strength and size, fractures tend to occur only when the bone is hit with a very strong force. Femur fractures are serious injuries but most can heal without surgical treatment.
     

    Broken femur: Reviewed by Travis H. Matheney, MD, MLA
    © Boston Children’s Hospital, 2012

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