Author: Dimitrios Giotikas MD, PhD
Patients with nonunions usually feel pain at the site of the fracture which remains long after the initial pain of the fracture has disappeared. This pain may last months, or even years. It may be constant, or it may occur only when the broken limb is used.
To diagnose a nonunion, x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to provide detailed pictures of the bone and surrounding soft tissues.
A nonunion may be diagnosed if the doctor finds one or more of the following:
Sometimes, after a nonunion is diagnosed, further imaging or lab tests may be requested to further investigate the cause of infection (i.e anemia, infection, diabetes) and treat it accordingly.