Executive Editor: Chris Colton

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

Metacarpals - Shaft, transverse

General considerations

These fractures tend to be unstable, and bone healing can be delayed. Internal fixation allows anatomical reduction, early active motion and shorter rehabilitation.
In transverse fractures, an interfragmentary lag screw can not be used. Absolute stability is achieved using compression plate principles.

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