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Distal phalanx fracture

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Osama Hussein Yonso


History of Injury to left little finger by pipe at the workplace, on clinical examination: small wound, tender on left little finger distal phalanx.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

X-ray shows transverse fracture at the distal phalanx of the left little finger with mild angulation.

Case Discussion

  • Phalangeal fractures result from direct trauma (hammer-heavy object)or catching a finger in a closing door, or the toe is crushed between two rigid bodies.
  • Distal phalanx fractures are often accompanied by injury to the nail bed, nail avulsion, or subungual hematoma.
  • If the fracture is not fused, ORIF may be required.
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Case information

rID: 89398
Published: 29th May 2021
Last edited: 10th Jun 2021
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Qatar Red Crescent

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