interphalangeal dislocation

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This type of injury is common and is reduced by pulling in the line of the joint. The finger should then be held flexed and loosely strapped to a neighbour for a few days. Early mobilisation is encouraged.

Not infrequently, the head of the phalanx may dislocate between the tendons of superficialis longus. The finger is deformed in a "swan-neck" position requiring open reduction.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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