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Musculoskeletal Complications: Chalk-Stick Fracture  
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  Fractures are a common complication of Paget's disease. The pagetic fracture is classically transverse and has minimal comminution. It resembles the snapping of a carrot or chalk stick, as seen in this pathologic fracture of the femur in a patient with Paget's disease. This type of transverse break is usually not seen with normal bone. Some experts believe that fissure fractures (Slide 23) predispose to this type of configuration.  
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