UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Orthopedics

Title: Metacarpal Fractures

Keywords: Metacarpal, Fracture, Growth, Plate (PubMed Search)

Posted: 6/28/2009 by Michael Bond, MD (Updated: 10/21/2021)
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Metacarpal Fractures and Growth Plates:

The growth plates on metacarpals are on the distal end of the bone, except for the 1st metacarpal which is on the proximal end near the carpal bones.

Don't mistake this for a fracture line, however, make sure you get comparison views if they are tender over the area, as this can help you diagnosis a Salter Harris Type 1 fracture.