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Singapore Med J. 2010 Jan;51(1):78-86; quiz 87.

Fingertip injuries.

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  • 1Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074.


Fingertip injuries are commonly seen by family and emergency physicians. Many of the cases are simple to treat and do not need specialised treatment by a hand surgeon. However, there are certain conditions where early intervention by a hand surgeon is warranted for better functional and aesthetic outcomes. Common injuries include mallet finger injury, crush injuries to the fingertip with resultant subungual haematoma, nail bed laceration, partial or complete amputation of the fingertips, pulp amputations and fractures of the distal phalanges.

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