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5Plate preparation

Short oblique head fracture of the proximal phalanx – Lag screw with protection plate

Pitfall: Protrusion of the blade

Avoid protrusion of the blade through the opposite cortex, as friction during movement and eventual ligament injury may result.
Due to the fact that the phalanx is wider on the palmar side that on the dorsal side, an AP or PA x-ray view may suggest that the blade is fully contained within the bone, whereas in transverse section, it actually protrudes.