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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 4962021, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4962021
Case Report

Conservative Treatment of Carpometacarpal Dislocation of the Three Last Fingers

Emergency Department, Jolimont Hospital, 159 Ferrer Road, 7100 Haine Saint Paul, Belgium

Received 27 April 2016; Accepted 29 August 2016

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2016 Hélène Jumeau et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Posterior carpometacarpal (CMC) dislocation is a rare condition. Treatment is usually surgical though no strict consensus can be found upon literature review. If diagnosed early and no associated fractures are found, CMC dislocation could benefit from conservative treatment comprising closed reduction and splint immobilisation. We report the case of a 26-year-old man diagnosed with a posterior dislocation of the third, fourth, and fifth CMC joints after a fall of 1.5 meters, treated by external reduction under procedural sedation and immobilisation with a cast for 6 weeks. Evolution was excellent with no relapse observed during follow-up. Our aim is to increase physician awareness of CMC dislocation so that they seek this injury in the emergency department. Unrecognised CMC dislocation can lead to neurovascular injuries as well as chronic instability and early articular degeneration.