mallet fracture

mallet fracture

a fracture in which the dorsal base of a distal phalanx of the hand or foot is torn away. The fracture disrupts the associated extensor apparatus and causes dropped flexion of the distal segment.
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Examples of these intra-articular fractures would include the mallet fracture injuries of the terminal phalanx, as well as various condylar fractures of the proximal middle and distal phalanges.