Diagnosis and Treatment of Finger Deformities Following Injuries to the Extensor Tendon Mechanism

Martin A. Posner, Steven M. Green

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Abstract

Injuries to the finger extensor apparatus are very common and may produce chronic deformity and loss of function. Diagnosis is contingent on an understanding of the complex anatomy of this region as well as the ability to perform a careful physical examination. Immobilization is usually the most effective treatment of acute problems. Surgery is often necessary for chronic conditions, but the results are much less predictably corrective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalHand Clinics
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Boutonnière deformity
  • Extensor tendon anatomy
  • Intrinsic contracture and release

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