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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 342-346

Multiple intramedullary nailing of proximal phalangeal fractures of hand


1 Department of Orthopedics, Rajawadi Municipal Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, Habib Hospital, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Fayaz W Meman
Department of Orthopedics, Habib Hospital, Jail Road, Dongri, Mumbai - 400 009
India
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Source of Support: Nil, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.39573

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Background: Proximal phalangeal fractures are commonly encountered fractures in the hand. Majority of them are stable and can be treated by non-operative means. However, unstable fractures i.e. those with shortening, displacement, angulation, rotational deformity or segmental fractures need surgical intervention. This prospective study was undertaken to evaluate the functional outcome after surgical stabilization of these fractures with joint-sparing multiple intramedullary nailing technique. Materials and Methods: Thirty-five patients with 35 isolated unstable proximal phalangeal shaft fractures of hand were managed by surgical stabilization with multiple intramedullary nailing technique. Fractures of the thumb were excluded. All the patients were followed up for a minimum of six months. They were assessed radiologically and clinically. The clinical evaluation was based on two criteria. 1. total active range of motion for digital functional assessment as suggested by the American Society for Surgery of Hand and 2. grip strength. Results: All the patients showed radiological union at six weeks. The overall results were excellent in all the patients. Adventitious bursitis was observed at the point of insertion of nails in one patient. Conclusion: Joint-sparing multiple intramedullary nailing of unstable proximal phalangeal fractures of hand provides satisfactory results with good functional outcome and fewer complications.


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