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A 57-year-old female asked:

What is the treatment for avulsion fracture of the thumb?

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Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
It depends: It really matters where the frature is, how large it is and whether or not it involves the articular margin. It can be treated by a splint, cast or even surgery. The specifics would come from a hand surgeon who could tell you the correct treatment. Go see a specialist.
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
In an adult an : Avulsion involves the collaeral ligament of the mp joint, then typically surgery is considered unless one can prove the joint is stable or will be if the fracture heals. For the tip of the thumb a volar plate injury may be observed but one needs to be wary of a flexor tendon avulsion. For the base of the thumb it depends upon the size and detraction of the fragment. Much depends where it is!
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Provided original answer
TO CONTINUE an avusion on the top of the distal phalanx adjacent ot he joint may mean an extensor tendon avulsion "mallet thumb" that needs to be splinted in the proper position ofr 6 weeks full time at least . AN avulsion depends upon where it is. Children are different as growth plates can be involved in their avulsion injuries at times
Feb 21, 2013
Last updated Sep 1, 2017

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