Mallet fracture

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Deformity to the fifth right finger while playing rugby.

Patient Data

Age: 30-year-old
Gender: Female

5th finger radiographs

Avulsion fracture at the insertion of the extensor tendon in the proximal distal phalanx (dorsal aspect).

The reminder of the bones are unremarkable.

Case Discussion

This case illustrates a Mallet fracture: disruption of the extensor mechanism of the finger at the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP). There is avulsion fracture at the dorsal insertion of the extensor tendon at the distal phalanx. 

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Case information

rID: 45116
Case created: 15th May 2016
Last edited: 22nd Dec 2016
Tag: rmh
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