Pediatric Mallet Deformity
- younger children will tend to have SH II fractures of the epiphysis of the distal phalanx;
- older children tend to have SH III fractures.
- the main epiphyseal fragment is held in place by the extensor tendon, while the distal fragment is flexed by the FDP;
- displaced SH III fracture may require ORIF w/ pinning if a stable reduction cannot be obtained
Base of Distal Phalanx Fracture in Children: a Mallet Finger Mimic.
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 8:25 pm