Acute 4th metacarpal and old 5th metacarpal fractures

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking


Punch injury. Tender 3rd - 5th metacarpals.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Acute mildly impacted fracture of the fourth metacarpal neck with volar angulation and shortening. The fourth MCP joint is normally aligned. No third or second metacarpal fracture.

Volar bowing of the fifth metacarpal shaft with shortening and associated remodeling indicates an old injury.

Case Discussion

Fractures of the 4th and 5th metacarpals are common punching injuries. This patient had a history of multiple episodes of punching things and people, and the bowing deformity of the 5th metacarpal represents a previous heaed fracture.

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Case information

rID: 79570
Published: 30th Jun 2020
Last edited: 30th Jun 2020
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