Methods: Twenty-eight patients treated for osseous mallet finger using open reduction and hook-plate fixation were divided into two groups according to their incisions types (group I: S-shaped, n=18; and group II: Y-shaped, n=10).
Conclusion: Hook-plate fixation is a successful treatment method for osseous mallet finger.
Mallet finger is known as extension loss at the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP).
The most frequent sequels of the neglected mallet finger are extensor lag, a prominent bump on the dorsal surface of the finger, and swan neck deformity (2).
However, unlike open injuries or injuries with a large bony fragment and subluxation of the IP joint, the indication for surgery in closed acute mallet finger remains controversial .
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Mallet finger typically occurs on the dominant hand.
The injury is called a "soft" mallet finger when there is no bone involvement and a "bony" mallet finger when an avulsion is present, like the one that is evident on the FIGURE 3 x-ray (see arrow).
One week later, she received another ONDAMED treatment on December 27, 2006 for the mallet finger.
KK showed the physical therapist and the physician both hands and neither could tell which one had been the mallet finger.
In the case of mallet finger, KK has not required any further treatment.