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Hand Clin. 2002 Nov;18(4):561-75.

Acute nail bed injuries.

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Springfield Surgical Associates, Springfield Clinic, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 501 North First Street, P.O. Box 19248, Springfield, IL 62794-8248, USA.


Although many consider the fingertip injury a very mundane and simple problem, the mismanagement of this injury can often lead to a chronic esthetic and possibly painful deformity. As noted in this article, the appropriate understanding of the involved structures of a fingertip injury as well as the meticulous management of these injuries can generally lead to a very esthetic and functional fingertip. As previously noted by Elvin Zook, there is probably nowhere that Meskimen's Law, "There is never time to do it right but there is always time to do it over," is more true.

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