Mallet finger

Case contributed by Mohammad Osama Hussein Yonso


The patient accidentally had trauma by a car door, on examination: there is pain and swelling over the right little finger distal phalanx with a mallet finger deformity.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Avulsed fracture at the base of the distal phalanx of the right little finger with intraarticular (DIP) extension.

Case Discussion

Mallet finger: refers to damage in the extensor movement of the distal phalanx of the finger, either as a result of injury to the extensor tendon or due to an avulsion fracture at the base of the distal phalanx with dorsal displacement, resulting in the shape of a hammer-like finger.

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