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Matej Kastelec, Pavel Dráč

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Simon Lambert

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Complications and technical failures in distal phalangeal injury management

1. Common complications

Common complications of these injuries are:

  • Altered sensibility (numbness, hyperesthesia
  • Tenderness
  • Cold hypersensitivity (cold intolerance)
  • Restriction of DIP joint movement
  • Nail growth abnormalities

These complications may result despite careful surgical or nonoperative treatment.

2. Small tourniquet removal

If a small tourniquet has been created with the finger of a glove, make sure to remove it at the end of the surgery.

Failure to do so may result in loss of the finger!

Lost fingers as a result of not removing a small tourniquet
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