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Chronic Dislocation of the Distal Interphalangeal Joints
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2019;32(1):47-50
Published online March 30, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Society of Trauma.

Junki Shiota, Daisuke Kawamura, Norimasa Iwasaki

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Correspondence to: Daisuke Kawamura, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hokkaido University, Kita 15 Nishi 7, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8638, Japan, Tel: +81-11-706-5937, Fax: +81-11-706-6054, E-mail:
Received July 23, 2018; Revised September 26, 2018; Accepted September 26, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Irreducible dislocation of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint is a rare traumatic condition commonly seen in sports injuries. Herein, we present a case with chronic dislocation of the DIP joint caused by high energy trauma accompanied by a fracture of the ipsilateral clavicle. The local deformity resulting from the dislocation can be trivial. Therefore, obtaining radiographs of all the interphalangeal joint injuries, regardless of the findings on inspection, is crucial for accurate diagnosis in the case of high energy trauma. The good functional improvement was obtained by open reduction and temporary wire fixation for 4 weeks.

Keywords : Joint dislocations, Finger interphalangeal joint, Traffic accidents, Wounds and injuries

June 2019, 32 (2)
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