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Laceration just proximal to the proximal nail fold of the great toe
  1. Tun Hing Lui1,
  2. Jonathan Patrick Ng2,
  3. Xiaohua Pan3
  1. 1 North District Hospital, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
  2. 2 Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
  3. 3 Department of Trauma and Orthopedics, The 8th People’s Hospital of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tun Hing Lui, North District Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; luithderek{at}

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Clinical introduction

An 11-year-old boy lying in bed caught his right great toe nail on the blanket as the blanket was pulled away, forcing plantar flexion and traction injury to the toe, resulting in a dorsal transverse laceration just proximal to the proximal nail fold, exposing the proximal end of the nail plate (figure 1A). There was no deformity of the great toe. Radiographs of the great toes were taken (figure 1B).

Figure 1

(A) Clinical photo of the injured great toe. (B) Radiograph of both great toes.


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  • Contributors We were all involved in the diagnosis and care of the patient. JPN collected the clinical materials. XP performed literature review. THL verified the data and prepared the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript. THL is responsible for the overall content as guarantor.

  • 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.