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Intraosseous Vascular Access Device as a Transarticular K-wire Alternative in Mallet Finger Laceration


Mallet finger is a common injury often treated without operative intervention. When there isconcern for skin integrity or a large articular component is involved, simple operative repair maybe needed. This has been performed with transarticular Kirschner wire (K-wire) placement. Thiscase discusses the novel use of an intraosseous vascular access device (IOVAD) as a potentialadjunct to stabilization and alternative to treatment with operative K-wire fixation. A 53-year-old manwas successfully treated using the inner trocar of the EZ-IO® system for a mallet finger injury withlaceration, shown in comparison with another standard manual pinning approach using an 18-gaugeneedle. An IOVAD can be used successfully as an alternative to K-wire placement in patients withmallet finger injuries.

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