External fixation for surgical treatment of a mallet finger


Kaleli T., Ozturk C., Ersozlu S.

JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-BRITISH AND EUROPEAN VOLUME, no.3, pp.228-230, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0266-7681(03)00020-2
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-BRITISH AND EUROPEAN VOLUME
  • Page Numbers: pp.228-230

Abstract

A new surgical technique is described for the treatment of mallet finger deformity which involves the application of a mini external fixator across the distal interphalangeal joint and resection of a portion of the extensor mechanism. We reviewed 19 patients who were treated with this technique, at a mean follow-up period of 36 (range, 24-48) months. The mean. extensor lag was 2degrees (range, -7degrees to 13degrees) and the mean flexion range was 70degrees (range, 20degrees-90degrees).