Closed Mallet Thumb Injury: A Review of the Literature and Case Study of the Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Deciding Treatment


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Abstract

Summary:At present, the literature dedicated to closed mallet thumb injury offers conflicting evidence between conservative and operative approaches. Although conservative treatment is often successful, retraction of the extensor pollicis tendon may lead to improper reattachment and continued deformity. This discussion and case report serve to highlight the use of magnetic resonance imaging as an adjunct in selecting the proper treatment strategy for this injury at initial presentation.

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