Flexor digitorum profundus tendon rupture - zone III

Case contributed by Dr Bahman Rasuli


Loss of flexion at the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) of the fifth finger, following an injury playing football 1week ago.

Patient Data

Age: 17
Gender: Male

MRI images at the level of the fifth finger demonstrate the two inserting slips of the flexor digitorum superficialis with no flexor digitorum profundus tendon.

Instead edema and fluid signal are seen volar to the flexor digitorum superficialis tendon.

The sagittal and coronal images demonstrate the proximally retracted torn flexor digitorum profundus tendon surrounded by fluid at the level of the fifth metacarpal bone (zone III of the flexor tendon zones).

Case Discussion

A case illustrating a traumatic rupture of the flexor digitorum profundus of the fifth finger.

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Case information

rID: 63563
Published: 10th Oct 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Jame Jam Imaging Center

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