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Upper Limb

Two extension block Kirschner wire technique for mallet finger fractures

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We treated 32 displaced mallet finger fractures by a two extension block Kirschner-wire technique. The clinical and radiological outcomes were evaluated at a mean follow-up of 49 months (25 to 84). The mean joint surface involvement was 38.4% (33% to 50%) and 18 patients (56%) had accompanying joint subluxation.

All 32 fractures united with a mean time to union of 6.2 weeks (5.1 to 8.2). Congruent joint surfaces and anatomical reduction were seen in all cases. The mean flexion of the distal interphalangeal joints was 83.1° (75° to 90°) and the mean extension loss was 0.9° (0° to 7°). No digit had a prominent dorsal bump or a recurrent mallet deformity.

We believe that this technique, when properly applied, produces satisfactory results both clinically and radiologically.

Correspondence should be sent to Dr J. Y. Kim; e-mail: bigjw@naver.com

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