Distal phalanx fracture
History of Injury to left little finger by pipe at the workplace, on clinical examination: small wound, tender on left little finger distal phalanx.
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X-ray shows transverse fracture at the distal phalanx of the left little finger with mild angulation.
- 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.
- 1. Ged G. Wieschhoff, Scott E. Sheehan, Jeremy R. Wortman, George S. M. Dyer, Aaron D. Sodickson, Ketan I. Patel, Bharti Khurana. Traumatic Finger Injuries: What the Orthopedic Surgeon Wants to Know. (2016) RadioGraphics. doi:10.1148/rg.2016150216