Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Amputated Fingertip Evaluation

Evaluation of a finger amputation starts with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a fingertip amputation may include:

  • Nail avulsion: partial or total loss of nail
  • Nailbed laceration: a cut to the skin underneath the nail
  • Growth plate injury: where the nail grows from
  • Crushing injury: often there is an underlying fracture in the bone in the fingertip.
  • Tissue loss

Tests that may be used to evaluate fingertip amputation include:
  • Hand and finger x-rays

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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