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Where does a fracture typically occur on the metacarpal bone?

Where does a fracture typically occur on the metacarpal bone?

A metacarpal fracture is a break—technically known as a fracture—in one or more of the long tubular bones of the palm of the hand, called the metacarpal bones. The classic metacarpal fracture happens in the fifth metacarpal (associated with the pinky finger) in the hands of boxers or other pugilistic athletes.

Are there any Malunions in the fifth metacarpal?

Malunions are common in the metacarpals and phalanges, although not all are clinically significant. The common fifth metacarpal neck, or boxer’s fracture, usually heals with an apex dorsal deformity, but this is rarely problematic.

Are there specific names for metacarpal hand fractures?

Specific names are given to fractures of the base of the first metacarpal (see: fractures of the thumb ): Specific names are given to fractures of the fifth metacarpal: Fractures of the 5th metacarpal make up 25% of all metacarpal fractures (which equates to 10% of all hand fractures).

How often does a metacarpal bone fracture occur?

Metacarpal fractures are common. Fractures of the metacarpal bones account for 10% of all fractures and 40% of all hand fractures . The lifetime incidence of a metacarpal fracture is 2.5%. Specific names are given to fractures of the base of the first metacarpal (see: fractures of the thumb ):

Can a fifth metacarpal neck fracture be treated?

The common fifth metacarpal neck, or boxer’s fracture, usually heals with an apex dorsal deformity, but this is rarely problematic. By contrast, those with rotational or angular deformities often affect hand function, and treatment is necessary.

What kind of hand injury is a metacarpal fracture?

A transverse (horizontal) fracture to the first metacarpal (thumb), just above the joint. A fracture at the base of the joint, called a Bennett fracture, or Rolando fracture. Any of the metacarpal bones in the hand can fracture. Another commin broken hand injury is a Boxer’s fracture to the outside of the hand.

Can a broken metacarpal be a boxer’s fracture?

Any of the metacarpal bones in the hand can fracture. Another commin broken hand injury is a Boxer’s fracture to the outside of the hand. A Boxer’s fracture is a break to either the 4th or the 5th Metacarpals.

Malunions are common in the metacarpals and phalanges, although not all are clinically significant. The common fifth metacarpal neck, or boxer’s fracture, usually heals with an apex dorsal deformity, but this is rarely problematic.

Where are the metacarpals located in the hand?

The metacarpals are the five bones of the hand that connect the carpal bones (wrist)to the proximal phalanges (fingers). Because of the special role the thumb plays in grasping, fractures of the thumb metacarpal are a bit different from the finger metacarpals and will be discussed separately in another document.