Nonoperative treatment of acute hamate hook fractures

Joseph L. Whalen, Allen T. Bishop, Ronald L. Linscheid

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Six patients with acute and two patients with subacute nondisplaced fractures of the hamate hook were treated with immobilization. The patients with acute fractures were treated within 7 days of the injury, and those with subacute fractures were treated after 7 days. Seven of the eight patients showed documented healing of their fractures. At follow-up (average 8 months) all seven were free of symptoms. One patients with a subacute fracture did not comply with treatment and had a painful nonunion. Our results show that hamate hook fractures that are diagnosed early may heal with nonoperative management. Fractures that fail to heal with immobilization or those with chronic nonunion should be treated with excision of the hook fragment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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