Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Orthopedic Teaching

Hand Case 8 Diagnosis

Fingertip Avulsion


Diagnosis

Diagnosis is rather straightforward. Plain film x rays can help assess the extent of bone coverage by the remaining soft tissue and for associated foreign bodies, fractures, and intraarticular air. Radiographs should also be obtained of the amputated part(s) to assess damage if reimplantation is a consideration.