Fractures of the fourth metacarpal.

  title={Fractures of the fourth metacarpal.},
  author={Walter Andrew Eglseder and Paul Joseph Juliano and R M Roure},
  journal={Journal of orthopaedic trauma},
  volume={11 6},
OBJECTIVES To determine (a) the degree of shortening associated with isolated fourth metacarpal fractures and the functional outcome after operative or nonoperative (protocol of casting and outrigger) treatment (clinical portion), and (b) the role of the deep metacarpal ligament in minimizing shortening after isolated fourth metacarpal osteotomies simulating clinical fracture (cadaveric portion). STUDY DESIGN This two-part study included a retrospective clinical portion and a cadaveric… CONTINUE READING