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Tension Band Suture Fixation of Fifth Metatarsal Tuberosity Fracture: A Case Report

Muhammad Ali Fazal MBBS, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Tr&Orth)1, Ardito Widjono MBBS, BSc1, and Mohan Remani MBBS, FEBOT1
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  • 1 Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.
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Tuberosity fractures of the fifth metatarsal are common. The majority of these fractures are treated nonoperatively with good outcome. Surgery is indicated for nonunions, delayed unions, comminuted fractures, and displaced fractures. The surgical modalities include screw fixation, suture anchor fixation, Kirschner wires, tension band wiring, and locking plates. We report a case of a symptomatic nonunion of a displaced fracture of the tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal in a young patient treated with a tension band suture fixation that to our knowledge has not been described before.

Corresponding author: Muhammad Ali Fazal, MBBS, FRCS(Eng), FRCS(Tr&Orth), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, The Ridgeway, Enfield, London EN2 8JL, United Kingdom. (E-mail: malifazal@hotmail.com)