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November 2021, Volume 15, Issue No. 3

Official Journal of Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and ASEAN Orthopaedic Association

Management of Complex Hand Injuries with Suspension Interposition Arthroplasty and Carpometacarpal Joint Buttress Plating Based on Intra-operative Creativity and Flexibility: A Case Report


A young patient presented to our centre with swollen right hand following a motor vehicle accident. He was diagnosed with closed fractures of trapezoid, ulnar three metacarpal bones, radial styloid and ulnar styloid. The hand injuries were complicated with compartment syndrome. Emergent fasciotomy and application of external fixator of the hand were performed. Definitive fixation of the fractures was delayed due to the wound care post fasciotomy. During the definitive fixation of the hand, the trapezoid was found to be comminuted and completely extruded. Abundant callus was found at the fracture sites of the metacarpal bones. Anatomic fixation was not feasible. Principle-based intra-operative creativity and flexibility were of great significance in the unconventional fixation of the complex hand injuries described in this case report.

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