Phalangeal tuft fracture

Case contributed by Dr Matt A. Morgan


Slammed right third finger in a door.

Patient Data

Age: 50-55Y
Gender: Male

Comminuted phalangeal tuft fracture of the third digit. The fracture does not extend into the DIP joint. Soft tissue swelling around the distal digit.


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Zoomed in images of the comminuted phalangeal tuft fracture.

Case Discussion

Distal phalanx fractures and phalangeal tuft fractures constitute almost 50% of all hand fractures 1.

Dense fibrous connections in the distal digit around the phalangeal tuft mean that most phalangeal tuft fractures are stable and amenable to closed treatment. Many are managed non-operatively with splinting, but very comminuted fractures may require K-wire stabilization 2.

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Case information

rID: 48240
Published: 26th Sep 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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