Pitfalls

• Malalignment associated with a metacarpal fracture is difficult to assess following a closed reduction in a splint.

• Prior to open fracture reduction, an accurate understanding of the fracture configuration is necessary to avoid poorly positioned screws, which could propagate or further comminute the fracture.

• Technical errors such as overtightening the screws or placing them less than two screw diameters from the fracture edge may complicate ultimate stability of the fixation and delay the initiation of therapy.

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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