Dupuytren’s fracture

Dupuytren’s fracture

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What is Dupuytren’s fracture ?

Dupuytren's fracture refers to a fracture of the base of the fifth metacarpal bone, which is the bone that connects the little finger to the wrist. This type of fracture is also known as a boxer's fracture because it is a common injury among boxers who hit an object with a closed fist.


The fracture occurs when a forceful impact is directed towards the closed fist, causing the bone to break. Symptoms of a Dupuytren's fracture may include:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness around the base of the little finger
  • Deformity or visible bone displacement
  • Limited mobility or difficulty moving the finger or wrist

A healthcare professional can diagnose a Dupuytren's fracture through a physical exam and imaging tests such as X-rays.


Treatment for a Dupuytren's fracture may include:

  • Immobilization with a splint or cast to allow the bone to heal
  • Physical therapy to restore range of motion and strengthen the muscles around the wrist and hand
  • Medications to manage pain and inflammation
  • Surgery to realign the bone or insert pins or screws to hold the bone in place (in severe cases)
  • Recovery time for a Dupuytren's fracture can vary depending on the severity of the fracture and the individual's overall health. It may take several weeks to several months for the bone to heal completely, and physical therapy may be necessary to restore strength and mobility in the wrist and hand.
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