Fractures of the thumb

Dr Tim Luijkx and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Fractures of the thumb are important due to huge impact the thumb has on the overall function of the hand, an understanding of the types of fractures that occur is important, as treatment varies with fracture type.

Pathology

Types

Metacarpal fractures include:

Phalangeal fractures include:

  • Skier's thumb (also known as gamekeeper's thumb): not always associated with a fracture
  • intra-articular
  • extra-articular
  • terminal tuft fractures
Fractures
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Article information

rID: 7237
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Thumb fractures

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: Rolando fracture
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  • Case 2: Skier's thumb
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