Contributor: Jared Scott, MD
- Pathologic bone fractures occur due to weakened bones from chronic disease and with less force when compared to non-pathologic fractures
- Can be due to bone tumors, bone cysts, infections (osteomyelitis), osteogenesis imperfecta, Paget’s disease of bone, and multiple myeloma
- Have moth bitten or lytic appearance and you can sometimes see the periosteum peeling away from the bone
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Summarized by Jackson Roos, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD