- refers to the blisters which from swollen skin overlying fractures;
- most commonly arise over tibia, ankle, and elbow;
- when fracture blisters are present at the time of surgery, wound complications will develop in the majority of patients;
- when fracture blisters develop following surgery, wound complications are infrequent;
- when possible fracture blisters should be left intact since the transudate remains sterile (once ruptured the blisters are contaminated w/ skin flora);
- once ruptured, the blister roof should be left intact;
- re-epithelialization may take upto 3 weeks
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The management of soft-tissue problems associated with calcaneal fractures
Intermittent pneumatic pedal compression and edema resolution after acute ankle fracture: a prospective, randomized study
Fastest reduction of posttraumatic edema: continuous cryotherapy or intermittent impulse compression?
Blisters associated with lower-extremity fracture: results of a prospective treatment protocol.
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:48 am