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Fracture blister, compartment syndrome, fracture, hemorrhagic blister, serous blister
Dermatology | Internal Medicine | Orthopedics | Surgical Procedures, Operative
Fracture blisters are tense vesicles or bullae that develop on edematous skin following some acute long bone fractures. Fracture blisters are infrequently seen, as the reported incidence is 2.9% to 6.6%.1 This rare complication, may not regularly be encountered by Physicians in the hospital. Fracture blisters typically occur within 24-48 hours following high energy trauma injuries & may last up to several weeks. Ultimately, this condition can lead to prolonged hospital stay due to an increased risk of infection and delay in surgical intervention.2 Early recognition of this dermatologic complication may be helpful in reducing hospital stays.
Khabra, Jessica MD; Patel, Jinal K. MD; Stepman, Gauthier L. MD; Dabb, Kulveer MD; Hernandez, Kenny MD; Angelo, Debra MD; and Frunzi, Johnathan MD, "Fracture Blisters" (2020). West Florida Division Virtual Research Day. 5.