A 24-year-old male asked:
What are the odds of a cast successfully healing an oblique shaft metacarpal fracture of the index finger? and if healed will it have functionality limitations?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Schwarzmananswered
Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
Assuming there was no significant displacement and that the treatment was decided on by an orthopedist, there should be no reason why it wouldn't heal without any functional abnormality.
Answered Apr 26, 2021
Dr. Steven Brownanswered
Hand Surgery 41 years experience
oblique metacarpal often require some type of fixation to prevent rotation and/or foreshortening. You should be evaluated with serial xrays if casted to be sure there is no shift of the fracture
Reviewed Apr 28, 2021
Last updated Apr 28, 2021
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