Nerve injuries and vessels injuries can occur with some fractures. Location of nerves and vessels in some areas make them vulnerable to injury. Most vulnerable areas are when nerve or vessel lies in close proximity to the bone in some fascial tunnel rendering it not that mobile.
Both closed and open fractures can be associated with neurovascular injuries. Nature of injury to these structures is more serious in case of open fractures. Generally speaking, nerve injuries are more common than vascular injuries. [Read more...]