Short 5th metacarpal

Case contributed by Mohammad Taghi Niknejad
Diagnosis certain


Work up for trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 85 years
Gender: Male
  • intra-articular fracture of the base of the proximal phalanx of the middle finger showing mild bone displacement
  • short 5th metacarpal bone
  • erosive osteoarthritic changes of distal interphalangeal joints of the fingers

Case Discussion

Isolated shortening of the 5th metacarpals has been recently described in a familial variant of type A diabetes mellitus 1

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