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A wrist injury not to miss
  1. Anne-marie Kennedy1,
  2. Catherine Bossut2
  1. 1 Dept. of Plastic Surgery, St James Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland
  2. 2 Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. James Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anne-marie Kennedy, Dept of Plastic Surgery, St James Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; annmkennedy35{at}

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Clinical Introduction

A 29-year-old man presented to the emergency department with chronic right wrist pain and numbness of the radial three digits after falling off his bicycle 5 months previously.

He was unable to make a full fist with clinical rupture of the flexor tendons of the middle, ring and little fingers. He was referred for antero-posterior (AP) and lateral X-rays of his wrist (figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1

AP X-ray of wrist.

Figure 2

Lateral X-ray of …

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  • Contributors Both authors contributed to patient management. AMK drafted the initial manuscript. Both authors contributed to writing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.