Manipulation and external fixation of metacarpal fractures.

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We have developed a method of manipulation and external fixation of metacarpal fractures using Kirschner wires bonded with acrylic resin. This simple procedure requires no special instruments and it facilitates accurate reduction and stable fixation of the fracture while allowing free movement of the hand. Access to the wound is unhampered in open fractures. Thirty-six fractures were treated by this technique. All healed within five weeks, during which time free movement of the hand was encouraged. There were no complications.

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