Metacarpal fractures: Treatment and complications

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Metacarpal fractures comprise between 18-44 % of all hand fractures. Non-thumb metacarpals account for around 88 % of all metacarpal fractures, with the fifth finger most commonly involved [19]. The majority of metacarpal fractures are isolated injuries, which are simple, closed, and stable. While many metacarpal fractures do well without surgery, there is a paucity of literature and persistent controversy to guide the treating physician on the best treatment algorithm. The purpose of this article is to review non-thumb metacarpal anatomy and treatment protocols for nonoperative management of stable fractures, and compare existing literature on surgical techniques for treatment of acute fractures and complications. © 2013 American Association for Hand Surgery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kollitz, KM; Hammert, WC; Vedder, NB; Huang, JI

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 16 - 23

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-9455

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1558-9447

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11552-013-9562-1

Citation Source

  • Scopus