Nailbed Injuries Workup

  • Author: Darrell Sutijono, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
 
Updated: Mar 24, 2016
 

Imaging Studies

Depending on the extent of injury, radiologic evaluation with anteroposterior, lateral, and oblique views of the injured finger(s) may be useful to rule out foreign bodies and fractures or dislocations of the distal finger.[6]

In a study of children with nailbed injuries, the authors found that 50% of thier patients had an associated distal phalangeal fracture, most often a comminuted tuft fracture.[13] Most tuft fractures, in the setting of a nailbed injury, require no specific treatment outside of addressing the nailbed injury and protective splinting. Transverse shaft fractures that are significantly displaced may require surgical repair.[14]

 
 
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Darrell Sutijono, MD Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

Darrell Sutijono, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Emergency Physicians, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

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Mark A Silverberg, MD, MMB, FACEP Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, Kings County Hospital, University Hospital, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

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Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH Chief of Emergency Medicine, Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System; Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

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Eric M Kardon, MD, FACEP Attending Emergency Physician, Georgia Emergency Medicine Specialists; Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, Athens Regional Medical Center

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Tom Scaletta, MD President, Smart-ER (http://smart-er.net); Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Edward Hospital; Past-President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine

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