Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Renato Fricker, Matej Kastelec, Fiesky Nuñez, Terry Axelrod

Thumb - Proximal phalanx: Metaphyseal (head) - transverse

General considerations

Fractures of the distal metaphysis can be transverse, oblique or comminuted.
Comminuted fractures are often unstable. 
Irreducible and unstable fractures require ORIF.
Other indications for ORIF are open fractures, or soft-tissue lacerations. 



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