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J Hand Surg Am. 1998 May;23(3):532-5.

Physeal growth arrest of the distal phalanx of the thumb in an adolescent pianist: a case report.

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Microsurgical Replantation Transplantation Department, Davies Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA.


A case of premature closure of the distal phalanx growth plate of the thumb is reported in an adolescent, presumably caused by accumulated repetitive trauma incurred during years of piano playing. The injury may be analogous to overuse injury to certain growth plates reported in child and adolescent athletes. Upper extremity problems in musicians due to the unusual and excessive demands of playing an instrument are discussed.

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