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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-46

A simple mini-fixator for complex thumb fractures


Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Correspondence Address:
Leon Alexander
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi
UAE
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/atr.atr_33_21

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The role of external fixators in hand injuries is well entrenched, especially in complex, comminuted phalangeal, and metacarpal fractures where internal fixation is not always possible. We describe a simple, low cost, lightweight, and “easy to construct and easy to use” mini-fixator which can be used for complex, comminuted, open, or closed thumb fractures for definitive fixation with consistent and predictable outcomes. These self-made mini-fixators can also be used for other phalangeal and metacarpal fractures. This represents a viable, alternative option to commercially available mini-fixators which are costly, not readily available, and complicated to use.


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