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    Fractures of the phalanges encompass a wide range of injury patterns with variable articular and soft tissue involvement. The goals of treatment whether conservative or surgical are the restoration of function while limiting the risk of complications. An armamentarium of fixation options allows the surgeon to appropriately treat these fractures with the intention of initiating early postoperative mobilization. Previous publications report variable rates of complications following internal fixation of phalangeal fractures which represents an unsolved problem. It is incumbent on the surgeon to utilize meticulous surgical technique, achieve anatomic reduction with stable fixation and initiate early postoperative mobilization where indicated. In the following text, we review the management of most types of phalangeal fractures, except fracture-dislocations of the proximal interphalangeal joint. These injuries comprise a wide spectrum of presentation; thus, an understanding of anatomical and mechanical principles is integral to achieving a successful outcome.


    John J Heifner, Francisco Rubio. Fractures of the phalanges. The Journal of hand surgery, European volume. 2023 Sep;48(2_suppl):18S-26S

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    PMID: 37704026

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