Osteomyelitis of the distal phalanx following trauma to the nail. A case report

IM Fox Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Cooper Hospital, University Medical Center, Camden, NJ.

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A case in which inadequate treatment of a nail plate injury resulted in chronic osteomyelitis has been described. Because of its distinct anatomy, trauma to the nail and its associated structures should not be summarily dismissed as an innocuous injury but should be thoroughly examined for phalangeal fracture and laceration of the nail bed.