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Diagnosing Metacarpal Injury

How do i know if i have just hurt my hand or broke my metacarpal
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  • 'Wendy Allan' on
  • 10/22/2014
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Answered By:

  • Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI, DA
  • Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI, DA

Swelling, bleeding under the skin and severe pain over the metacarpal bone may suggest hairline or non-displaced metacarpal bone fracture. Displaced metacarpal bone fracture causes deformity of the hand mostly observed over back of the hand. The only definitive diagnostic test is X-Ray of the hand to evaluate metacarpal injury. Hairline fracture is often difficult to diagnose with plain X-Ray and MRI study may be necessary to rule out hairline fracture. The radiological study like X-Ray or MRI should be consider if injury follows bleeding under the skin, swelling and pain.

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