Digital ischemia

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Abstract

In this report, we describe the case of a 43-year-old mechanic who presented with very painful, numb, and cold left middle and fourth fingers. The diagnosis of the hypothenar hammer syndrome was made by history, physical examination, and characteristic findings on diagnostic imaging. This syndrome often goes unrecognized by physicians yet rapid recognition and treatment are crucial to avoid permanent injury. As the differential diagnosis for isolated digital ischemia is broad, physicians need to remain aware of this rare acquired vascular disorder, especially in susceptible patients.

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