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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 42-45

Extensor tendon injury to the fingers, lack of insight and poor assessment leading to late presentations: A report of 10 case series


1 Consultant Surgeon, Department of Surgery, First Choice Specialist Hospital, Nkpor-Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
2 Medical Officer, Department of Surgery, First Choice Specialist Hospital, Nkpor-Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria

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Thaddeus Chika Agu
Consultant Surgeon, First Choice Specialist Hospital, Nkpor-Onitsha, Anambra State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/NJGP.NJGP_12_17

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The subcutaneous position of the extensor tendons makes it possible for the tendon/s to be lacerated in many cases of sharp object cuts on the dorsum of hand. The lack of insight and the poor patients' assessment cause the primary clinician to secure hemostasis and repair the obvious skin wound only. This unrecognized tendon injury would later become obvious because of persistent deformity and loss of function. This is a case series of patients with delayed diagnosis of extensor tendon injuries to the fingers as seen in a level II surgical specialty from January 2006 to December 2016.These extensor tendon injuries presented late after healing of skin wounds. Tenolysis, tenorrhaphy and physiotherapy were successful but the delay caused loss of man hours and added cost to treatment.


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