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Duodecim. 2012;128(4):399-407.

[Fingertip injuries].

[Article in Finnish]

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TYKS, ortopedian ja traumatologian klinikka.


Hands are used to interpret and shape the environment. The highly specialized structures of the fingertip enable tasks requiring precision, strength and endurance. Therefore injuries on fingertips have an effect to the entire hand. Thorough study of medical history and clinical examination are required to determine the correct treatment. The goal is to restore the function of the fingertip as well as possible. A good fingertip is pain free, has adequate sensation and is stable. As well as being aesthetically important, the nail adds to the stability and precision of the distal fingertip. Therefore, the structures of the nail should be repaired when possible. Different treatment options of the fingertip injuries range from conservative to operative, including flaps from adjacent areas. In selected cases, reattachment of an amputated fingertip yields best results.

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