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12Pitfalls

Pitfalls

Soft-tissue compromise

In the ulna, excessive prominence of the nail may interfere with the function of the triceps tendon and cause subcutaneous tissue irritation.
While inserting the radial nail, care should be taken to protect the extensor tendons and the nail should not protrude outside the dorsal radial cortex, in order to avoid chronic irritation of the overlying tendons.