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The unusual reason of the hand injury: sneeze
  1. Aydın Sarıhan1,
  2. Çağdaş Can2,
  3. Mehtap Bulut1
  1. 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. 2 Emergency Department, Merkezefendi State Hospital, Manisa, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Aydın Sarıhan, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medipol University, Bagcilar, Istanbul 34200, Turkey, aydinsarihan{at}

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Clinical introduction

A 57-year-old man presented to the emergency department with pain in left hand over the third metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint and limited movement of the third finger. The pain started suddenly when he sneezed on the back of his hand. He denied trauma or rheumatological disease. The pain was made worse by flexion and extension of the middle finger. On examination there was normal strength of fingers in extension and flexion, and no sensory changes. The hand is pictured …

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  • Contributors ÇC planned the study. MB conducted the survey. AS wrote and submitted the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.