Salter-Harris type 1 fracture - finger

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Little finger struck by football. ?fracture

Patient Data

Age: 15
Gender: Male

Fracture through the physis of the fifth distal phalanx with mild dorsal displacement and palmar angulation. No obvious fracture involvement of the metaphysis or epiphysis. Appearance is consistent with a Salter-Harris type 1 fracture. 

Case Discussion

Salter-Harris type 1 fracture of the fifth distal phalanx of the hand. This case is relatively rare as the majority of physeal finger fractures are of the Salter-Harris type 2 category with extension into the metaphysis.  

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Case information

rID: 30373
Published: 5th Aug 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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