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2Release of subungual hematoma

The hematoma can easily be released by puncturing the nail with a red-hot needle, or paperclip end.

Closed crush injuries are often accompanied by a tense subungual hematoma, which can be exceedingly painful, due to the pressure within the closed space.

The hematoma can easily be released by puncturing the nail with a red-hot needle, or paperclip end.

If no further treatment is indicated, apply a simple splint and cool the finger with the judicious use of an ice pack.