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Type: Journal article
Title: Internal suture for mallet finger fracture
Author: Bauze, A.
Bain, G.
Citation: Journal of Hand Surgery (British & European Volume), 1999; 24(6):688-692
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0266-7681
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A Bauze, G.I Bain
Abstract: An internal suture technique has been used for mallet finger fractures involving at least 30% of the articular surface. It provides fixation without a button or transfixion of the fragment. An independent retrospective review was conducted of ten patients at a mean follow-up of 17 months. Mean visual analogue score (0 to 10) for pain was 2.4 and satisfaction 7.9. Mean active range of motion was 13 to 49 degrees, passive motion was 2 to 56 degrees, pinch strength of effected finger to thumb was 3.8 kgf (81% of the opposite finger), grip strength 37.9 kgf (95% of the opposite hand). All fractures united and there were no neuromas. Complications included two nail deformities, a superficial infection and a pin track infection. One patient with a crush injury continued to have pain despite an arthrodesis.
Keywords: Humans; Finger Injuries; Fracture Fixation, Internal; Suture Techniques; Adolescent; Adult; Middle Aged; Female; Male; Fractures, Bone
Rights: © 1999 The British Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030005811
DOI: 10.1054/jhsb.1999.0284
Appears in Collections:Orthopaedics and Trauma publications

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