Metacarpal head fractures are uncommon fractures. A comprehensive review by McEl-fresh and Dobyns revealed an array of metacarpal head fracture patterns they classified into 10 types based on anatomic involvement as seen on roentgenographs examination: (1) epiphyseal, (2) collateral ligament avulsion injuries, (3) osteochondral,
Figure 44—2. A stable fourth metacarpal head fracture and displaced fracture of the head of the fifth metacarpal.
(4) oblique (sagittal), (5) vertical (coronal), (6) horizontal (transverse), (7) comminuted, (8) intraarticular extension (in boxers), (9) loss of substance, and (10) avascular necrosis. Of these types, comminuted fractures were the most common (31%).
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